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ROC Constitution basis of cross-strait ties: president

ROC Central News Agency

2012/05/31 16:52:42

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Thursday his administration's definition of cross-Taiwan Strait relations as "one Republic of China, two areas" is based on the ROC Constitution.

This allows cross-strait ties to move forward on the basis of "mutual non-recognition of sovereignty and mutual non-denial of authority to govern," a concept similar to "one China, different interpretations," Ma said.

"The ROC Constitution is our bedrock, no matter whether we are promoting cross-strait ties or international relations," he told a group of foreign academics who were in Taiwan to attend a conference on the rule of law in Asia.

According to the president, the approach has been proven feasible over the past four years, during which Taiwan's relations with other countries have greatly improved and the number of countries and areasgranting visa-waiver privileges to Taiwan nationals has risen from54 to 127.

Meanwhile, he said the Jan. 14 direct presidential election --the fifth held in Taiwan -- has increased the maturity level of the country's democracy.

Besides the vote-counting process, major events held during the run-up to the election, including presidential debates, were broadcast live online in China, which had never been done before, he noted.

Ma expressed the hope that such developments will help promote cross-strait dialogue on the rule of law.

(By Kelven Huang and Y.F. Low)
ENDITEM/npw



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