Taiwan urges China to drop preconditions for talks on peace accord

October 16, 2007 04:47

Taiwan urged Chinese leaders Tuesday to dismantle hundreds of missiles and recognize the self-ruled island's separate identity before the two rivals negotiate an end to the nearly six decades of hostility between them. Beijing's insistence that Taiwan is a part of China has been the main "political obstacle" hampering a dialogue between the sides, said Chen Ming-tong, chairman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council. Chen's comments came one day after Chinese President Hu Jintao called for a formal peace accord to be discussed under Beijing's "one-China principle," meaning that Taiwan must recognize that it is part of China. "If China was sincere in pushing for peace, we urge them to recognize the fact that the two sides don't have jurisdiction over each other ... to dismantle military deployment targeted at Taiwan ... and hold talks with our popularly elected government without setting any preconditions," said Chen, who implements the island's mainland policy.

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