23 May, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile






mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 11/06/2008
TAIWAN - CHINA
Historic handshake between Ma Ying-jeou and Beijing envoy
It is the first time since 1949. The Taiwanese president also explained that in the name of the "welfare" of all, the security of Taiwan and its international status must also be addressed.

Taipei (AsiaNews/Agencies) - For the first time since 1949, a Taiwanese president has shaken the hand of a leader from Beijing. The historic meeting took place today between Ma Ying-jeou and Chinese envoy Chen Yunlin, head of relations with the strait. A large security force was deployed around the site of the encounter, to prevent attacks on the part of anti-Beijing activists.

Until now, relations between China and Taiwan had been maintained among businessmen and party figures, but had not directly involved the president of Taiwan, a post that China does not acknowledge because it considers Taiwan a rebel island to be restored to the mainland. Ma Ying-jeou, the third democratically elected president of the island, decided to implement a more cordial policy with China, unlike his predecessor Chen Shuibian, detested by Beijing because of his pro-independence aims.

The meeting lasted less than 10 minutes, during which Ma and Chen exchanged gifts. Chen gave the president of Taiwan a painting depicting a horse ("ma" in Chinese, with a sound similar to the president's name). Ma's gift was a porcelain vase.

At the meeting, which was broadcast on television, Ma also gave a short speech in which he praised the "major step forward for cross-strait ties."

Chen arrived in Taiwan on November 3, for a five-day visit to sign economic agreements and reinforce the air, postal, and naval ties between the island and China.

"The development fits the expectations of the people of both sides and will contribute to cross-strait stability and prosperity," Ma said. "But we cannot deny that differences and challenges still exist, such as Taiwan's security and Taiwan's position in the international community. In the future both sides should see the reality and should not deny each other's existence in order to promote the welfare of the people and cross-strait peace and to resolve our differences."

Not far from the location of the meeting, hundreds of people had gathered to protest the presence of Chen, and against what they call the "selling out" of Taiwan to China, which is to the advantage of Taiwanese businessmen but not that of all the people. The protests were organized by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which supports the independence of the island.

So far, China has always threatened invasion, and has 800 missiles pointed against the island in case it should declare independence. Taiwan, which does not have a seat at the UN, is recognized by only 23 countries. Despite the precarious state of its diplomacy, Taiwan is the only fully democratic Chinese region, with an economy that is among the largest in the world.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
11/07/2008 TAIWAN - CHINA
"Historic" visit of Beijing envoy to Taiwan concludes
04/07/2008 TAIWAN - CHINA
The vice president of Taiwan is going to China, and may meet with Hu Jintao
02/21/2005 CHINA-TAIWAN
China vs the US and Japan over Taiwan
07/18/2005 CHINA – TAIWAN
Hu Jintao congratulates Ma Ying-jeou, KMT's new leader
04/23/2009 TAIWAN - CHINA
Direct flights between China and Taiwan will be increased for the sake of more profit

Editor's choices
ASIA
Vigil for persecuted Christians, our teachers in the mission in the West
by Bernardo CervelleraThe "wall of indifference and cynicism" and the silence and apathy so often denounced by Pope Francis have become almost a fortress. Such persecution reflects confessional manipulation, which slams Islam as such, and ideological manipulation, which forgets what is happening in North Korea or China. An increasingly post-Christian Europe seems disinterested in Christians.
RUSSIA – CHINA
Moscow Patriarchate: China authorises the ordination of Chinese Orthodox priests on its territory
by Marta AllevatoMetropolitan Hilarion, the Moscow Patriarchate’s ‘foreign minister’, made the announcement after a visit to China where he met the leaders of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. The first priest should serve in Harbin. Two more ordinations are expected. With a new Cold War as the background, the Moscow-Beijing strategic alliance also has a Church connection with the People's Republic recognising the latter’s 'political' role in Russia.
VATICAN
Pope: We and the four new saints, witnesses of the Resurrection "where forgetfulness of God and human disorientation are most evident "Francis proclaims four religious sisters saints: one French, one Italian, two Palestinians: Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas, the foundress of the Sisters of the Rosary, and the Carmelite Maria of Crucified Jesus (nee Maria Bawardy). Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority present. "Abiding in Christ" and cultivating “unity among us" are essential signs of witness. Maria Bawardy, "instrument of encounter and communion with the Muslim world".

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.