Friday, February 01, 2013

Retired generals seek cross-strait cooperation on island disputes

Admiral Fei Hung-po (Ret.)
A former Taiwanese admiral told a forum in Hong Kong that Taiwan and China must issue a joint declaration on the disputed Diaoyutai Islands 

Retired senior military officers from both sides of the Taiwan Strait are pressuring President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to allow greater cooperation with China, telling a forum earlier this week that the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台) controversy provides the perfect context in which to do so. 

The comments, which called for the creation of a cross-strait military cooperation mechanism, were made on the sidelines of a workshop organized by the Chinese Century Communicating Association (中華世紀交流協會) in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Saying that military exchanges between retired Taiwanese and Chinese generals in recent years were “single-faceted” and “meaningless friendship-building activities,” admiral Fei Hung-po (費鴻波), a former deputy chief of general staff, added that current regulations prevented more constructive dialogue between the two sides from taking place. 

My article, published today in the Taipei Times, contines here.

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