l Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou recently reiterated that political relations between China and Taiwan are still distant. Once the economic and cultural relations have been built, moreover, it would be hard for Beijing to resort to "non-peaceful" means to resolve political differences across the Taiwan Strait.
l Ma also stressed that "without a peaceful environment, prosperity would not be possible,” making sustained peace a precondition to continued exchanges between China and Taiwan.
l Ma made the above statements as a way to silence critics who claimed that his cross-Strait policy was moving toward political integration with China.
l Ma also wanted to emphasize the “1992 consensus” and the “Three nos” policy of “no independence, no unification, and no use of force” in managing cross-Strait relations.
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