Taipei: Taiwan`s President urged his
Chinese counterpart to work toward improving historically
testy ties following the signing of a landmark trade deal.
Ma Ying-jeou - who has sought to build better
relations with the mainland since taking office in May 2008 -
said this was an opportunity for the two sides to end decades
of mistrust and search for common ground.
Taiwan and China signed a broad trade pact last month.
The deal, commonly known as Economic Cooperation
Framework Agreement, will end tariffs on hundreds of products
traded across the Taiwan Strait. It should boost bilateral
trade already totaling about USD 110 billion a year: some USD
80 billion in goods flowing to China, and USD 30 billion to
Ma told reporters today he had asked the honorary
chairman of his ruling Nationalist Party, Wu Poh-hsiung, to
tell Chinese President Hu Jintao during a planned meeting in
Beijing on Monday that the two should work together to "build
mutual trust, set aside our differences and look for common
Doing so, he said, would lead to a "win-win
situation." China and Taiwan split amid civil war in 1949, but
Beijing continues to claim the island as part of its