China Proposes Improving Relations With Taiwan

At a time when bombings rock the Middle East, the government of China has moved to utilize peaceful strategies of dealing with its 60 year conflict with Taiwan. Chinese President Hu Jintao proposed that mainland China and Taiwan “engage in contacts and exchanges on military issues” in order to establish a system of mutual military trust. He believes such interaction will stabilize the situation and prevent the outbreak of any violence. He also proposed the two entities could sign a treaty of peace. In a sharp break with prior rhetoric, President Hu said: “people on both sides of the Straits share the responsibility of ending the history of confrontation.”

The President of China said his nation was prepared to work with Taiwan to ensure it could once again become a member of international organizations. He basically made clear if Taiwan accept the concept of “one China.” He is willing to conclude economic agreements and work to further cultural exchanges.

Perhaps, the offer of President Hu is a model that Israel and Palestinians authorities might emulate. It begins with establishing military trust and from that point, genuine peace can arrive.