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Taiwan welcomes China's plan to ensure peaceful cross-strait ties.

TAIPEI, Nov. 8 Kyodo

Taiwan's ruling and opposition parties welcomed China's plan to ensure peaceful and stable development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations, a policy outlined by Chinese President Hu Jintao during a report he delivered at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on Thursday.

In the written report, which Hu did not read out, he expressed the hope both sides of the Taiwan Strait make joint efforts to make "proper arrangement for the cross-strait political relationship under special circumstances during the effective split of the nation."

The report also mentioned negotiating a military confidence-building measure and a peace accord.

Kao Hui, director of the ruling Nationalist Party's Mainland Affairs Committee, said the proposals are nothing new as they are part of "Hu's six points" made in 2008.

But Kao added that as peaceful unification is the ultimate goal of the Communist Party of China, it only makes sense to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Although the Taiwanese public has different opinions on unification, a majority agree that cross-strait peace and stability must be maintained, he said.

The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party also agreed peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait must be guaranteed, but emphasized only the 23 million people of Taiwan have the final say on the future of the island.

DPP Spokesman Lin Chun-hsien urged China to take concrete action to maintain cross-strait peace and stability by making efforts to better understand the Taiwanese and respect their wishes, stop suppression of Taiwan in the international community and end all military intimidation of the island.

A peace accord would be signed when conditions are ripe, he said, but it would be meaningless if it was not based on mutual trust and respect.
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