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President to expound strategies in teleconfab with U.S. think tank

ROC Central News Agency

2011/05/12 17:55:36

By Lee Shu-hua and Sofia Wu

Taipei, May 12 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou will outline Taiwan's security strategies in a teleconference with a U.S. think tank that will be held from 8: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. Thursday, Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi said.

In his 18-minute speech in the teleconference with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) , Ma will elaborate on Taiwan's strategies to promote national development and security by "making peace with China, maintaining close partnerships with America and remaining friendly to Japan," Fan Chiang said.

Moreover, he said, Ma will recount the progress in Taiwan-U.S. relations and Taiwan-China engagements over the three years since he took office.

Ma's speech will also convey the message that Taiwan is determined to pursue a pragmatic security strategy, act as a responsible stakeholder in the international community, strengthen both its hard and soft power, and safeguard its constitutional democracy.

According to Fan Chaing, Ma will tell his audience that upholding the Constitution of the Republic of China (Taiwan's formal title) is the best strategy to maintain the status quo in relations across the Taiwan Strait.

Following the speech, Ma will take questions from participants in the teleconference, Fan Chiang said.

CSIS President and CEO John Hamre, who once served as U.S. deputy secretary of defense, will moderate the teleconference.

About 150 American scholars and experts in various fields as well as journalists have registered to take part in the conference.

The Washington-based think tank will broadcast the conference live on its website, Fan Chiang said.

To attract interest in the event, Taiwan's representative offices in five major U.S. cities -- Boston, New York, Miami, Atlanta and Chicago -- have invited local scholars and experts to watch the teleconference and join the online discussions, he said.

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