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President reaffirms commitment to upholding national sovereignty

ROC Central News Agency

08/10/30 16:38:42

By Y.F. Low

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou reaffirmed Thursday his commitment to upholding national sovereignty, in the latest effort to clarify an allegation by the opposition that his administration is tilting excessively toward Beijing.

Ma said that as president of the Republic of China, he has always attached top priority to "the country's sovereignty, Taiwan's dignity and the people's security."

The president made the remarks while receiving a group of Taiwanese veteran representatives, days before a planned visit to Taiwan by mainland China's top cross-strait negotiator.

Chen Yunlin, president of the Beijing-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, will be in Taipei Nov. 3-7 to hold talks with his Taiwanese counterpart, Straits Exchange Foundation Chairman Chiang Pin-kung. They are likely to sign agreements on cross-strait air services, shipping links, mail services and food safety.

Concerned that the negotiations could lead to a compromise of Taiwan's sovereignty, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party is strongly against the meeting and will hold a series of protests during Chen's visit to demonstrate its position.

Also Thursday, Ma stressed during a separate meeting with John Chad Hapner, national commander of the U.S. veterans service organization American Veterans, that Taipei will definitely "stand firm on its position" when negotiating with Beijing.

Ma stated that over the past few months since his inauguration, he has been working to restore mutual trust with the United States and improve relations with China.

His administration is also trying to promote cross-strait peace and normalize cross-strait economic ties so as to sustain Taiwan's development, he added.

The president said Taiwan is grateful to Washington for its recent decision to sell Taiwan a series of weapons systems and will continue its security cooperation with the U.S. government.



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