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Taiwan willing to maintain status quo: Ma

(Global Times)

09:54, October 11, 2011

Taiwan marked the centennial anniversary of the 1911 Revolution on Monday, with leader Ma Ying-jeou saying that Taiwan and the mainland would work on enhancing cooperation and eliminating disputes.

Ma's comments came in response to President Hu Jintao's speech on Sunday, in which Hu called for the the peaceful reunification of the mainland and Taiwan.

Hu also said the rejuvenation of China must be achieved by adhering to socialism with Chinese characteristics and by upholding peace, development and cooperation.

Ma said the 1911 Revolution is the heritage for both Taiwan and the mainland and reiterated his stand in promoting peaceful development across the Straits, saying that it is essential for Taiwan's prosperity. He called for the concept to be institutionalized and suggested that the leaders on both sides work on solving disputes and enhancing cooperation.

He said that "any one-sided decision to change the current situation across the Straits in the current stage would affect the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations," Phoenix TV reported.

Although Ma emphasized peaceful development several times, he also confirmed that Taiwan would continue to enhance its military power, in order to "protect the safety" of the island, the report said.

A military performance by air and land forces was held in Taipei on Monday, followed by dance and music shows. But officials in Taiwan have avoided calling the performance a "military drill," "in order to avoid criticism of being militaristic," according to a report by the Taiwan Union Daily on Monday.

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Asian Observer at 2011-10-19220.255.2.*
Mr. Ma, maintaining status quo is one thing but to gang up with US and Japan to contain the betterment of your fellow Chinese race is traitorous.
PD User at 2011-10-1180.94.16.*
2011-10-11.Taiwan to come up to President Hu a idea a bit anachronic.To unite all China not rely on to destory party"s political,administrations structure and to unite army.This idea unite all chinese nation plus tibetan.One"s great democracy China with border with sovereigen government"s.At clock not to come off unite politiciN NEEDED TIME.sTATUS QUO TO MEAN PACEFUL WAY TO NATIONAL UNITE AND DEVELOPMENT ALL COUNTRY WITH TO POUR BLOOD.Logic"s army"s to become cooperation.

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