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Ex-Vice President Annette Lu unveils proposal on cross-strait ties

ROC Central News Agency

03/21/2021 05:18 PM

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Former Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) on Sunday proposed a new initiative to break the impasse between China and Taiwan by using "one Chinese" to replace "one China" and "integration" to supersede "unification" of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Ahead of the launch of her new book on how to settle old scores between the two sides of the strait, Lu introduced a third way beyond either unification with China or Taiwan independence to deal with cross-strait relations.

She suggested that the Chinese authorities change its "one China" principle into a broader "one Chinese" principle, which she said would be more acceptable to Taiwan.

Lu also proposed discussions on "integration" in lieu of "unification of the two sides of the strait," similar to regional integration programs such as the European Union, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Lu said Taiwan should form a "golden triangle" in Northeast Asia by aligning with Japan and South Korea, while inviting Canada and the United States to make up a democratic pacific commonwealth.

In addition to developing relations with China, Taiwan should also work to develop relations with nations around the Pacific Ocean, according to Lu.

Lu expressed hope that her new book will not only provide Taiwan with new perspectives on cross-strait relations, but also give Chinese people a chance to reconsider new cross-strait ties.

While Taiwan is considered safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is under the constant threat of war with China, Lu noted, adding that Taiwan should therefore use soft power for the purposes of diplomacy.

Noting that Taiwan became the most important and sensitive issue during the first high-level meeting between officials of the United States and China under the new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden in Alaska that began last Thursday, Lu said that although Taiwan's people should care about the matter, they do not need to worry.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)

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