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Cross-Straits co-op urged: survey

By Liu Linlin (Global Times)

13:24, July 19, 2012

An overwhelming proportion of respondents from the mainland and Taiwan support cooperation by both sides on resolving maritime territorial disputes, a survey conducted by the Global Poll Center and the poll center under China Times suggested.

About 85.3 percent of respondents on the mainland support cooperation across the Taiwan Straits to solve disputes with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, while 51.5 percent of respondents in Taiwan hold similar views.

The rival territorial claims over the Diaoyu Islands by Japan have caught the attention of people across the Taiwan Straits and over 80 percent of those polled in the mainland follow updates of the disputes, while 46.3 percent in Taiwan showed the same interest.

While keeping their interest in the topic, some of them preferred tough measures to solve current disputes, according to the surveys.

Over 90 percent of respondents in the mainland said that the mainland should adopt various measures to safeguard the sovereignty of the Diaoyu Islands including military intervention when necessary, while 49 percent of them show strong support for the military.

Nearly 41.2 percent of those polled in Taiwan agreed that military measures are acceptable for solving disputes over the Diaoyu Islands.

"The low percentage of support for military intervention reveals that the public is rational about the matter," Tang Chunfeng, a Beijing-based international relations expert, told the Global Times.

The poll reflects a level of restraint displayed by the public but the sentiments could grow into fury if the Japanese government takes further steps in its claims, Tang said.

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