TAIPEI, Taiwan — Incoming President Ma Ying-jeou has said that he will respond in his inauguration speech to Chinese President Hu Jintao’s recent call for “building mutual trust” between Taiwan and China.
Ma, who will take office May 20, made the remarks Saturday after Hu, in his capacity as general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, met with Lien Chan, honorary chairman of Ma’s party, the Kuomintang (KMT), in Beijing April 29.
At the high profile meeting, the fourth of its kind in the past three years, Hu urged Taiwan to work together with China based on four principles — “building mutual trust, laying aside disputes, seeking consensus and shelving differences, and creating a win-win situation.”
In a previous statement, Ma described Hu’s remarks as crucial to opening a new page in cross-strait relations, which were strained over the past eight years with the Taiwan-centric democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration in charge.
Ma told reporters Saturday that unlike the rest of Hu’s appeal, “building mutual trust” was something new in his remarks.
Although Ma said “I will respond,” he declined to elaborate on what he would say.
In addition, Ma said that China, like Taiwan, is eager to realize direct flights across the Taiwan Strait and the resumption of dialogue.
Ma added that many goals can be achieved as long as both sides resume dialogue on the basis of building mutual trust and putting aside disputes.
He nevertheless warned that if China continues to suppress Taiwan’s international space or increases barriers to cross strait negotiations, China will be held accountable for any reversal in relations between the two sides.
Taiwan has failed to join any organizations in the United Nations system, such as he World Health Organization, because of China’s obstruction.