Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Sunday in Shanghai that the current impasse in cross-strait relations can be overcome and that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait both belong to one family. The mayor was speaking at the opening of the 2017 Taipei-Shanghai City Forum. He dedicated half of his six-minute speech to relations between Taiwan and China.
Ties between Taiwan and China have stalled since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last year. That's because Beijing has insisted that she accept the 1992 consensus which it says forms the foundation for cross-strait exchanges. So far, Tsai has declined to do so.
The so-called '92 consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992, that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means. China sees Taiwan as part of its territory despite the fact that the two sides have been ruled separately for nearly 70 years.
In his speech on Sunday, Ko said that both sides have to work hard to achieve mutual respect, cooperation and understanding. He said that the current deadlock can be broken if the two sides make improving welfare of the people their common goal. He said that increasing exchanges and cooperation between the two sides can help construct a cross-strait community with a common destiny.
Meanwhile, the forum's host, Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong said that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the beginning of civilian exchanges between the two sides of the strait, which had stopped in 1949.
Yang also referred to the two sides as being part of a family and an inseparable community of common destiny. He hailed the achievements � 26 cooperation memorandums of understanding (MOUs) that the two cities have signed since the first forum was held in Taipei in 2010. The two cities are slated to sign four more MOUs at this year's forum, which is centered on the theme healthy cities.
Ko flew to Shanghai for the forum the previous day, becoming the first chief of a major Taiwan municipality to travel to China since bilateral relations began to cool a year ago.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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