BALANCED CROSS-STRAIT TIES KEY TO SHAPING OF NEW PACIFIC ORDER: CHEN
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Aug. 11 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian said Thursday that a balanced relationship between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is the key to the formation of a "new peaceful Pacific order."
Chen made the remarks at a news conference introducing the soon-to-be-inaugurated Democratic Pacific Union (DPU) , which was conceived by Vice President Annette Lu to boost cooperation among Pacific Rim democracies.
In his keynote speech, Chen said he is convinced that only a normalized, constructive cross-strait relationship based on the principles of parity and pragmatism can sustain Asia-Pacific prosperity and advancement.
(By Sofia Wu)
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