23 Aug '11, 6am

Taiwan president vows to pursue peace with China

Taiwan president vows to pursue peace with China

KINMEN, Taiwan: Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday pledged to pursue peace with China as he paid homage to hundreds of people killed during a Chinese artillery attack over half a century ago. Ma made the remark at a ceremony on the offshore island of Kinmen, where hundreds were killed in a 44-day Chinese artillery bombardment that began on August 23, 1958. "We want to set up a peaceful environment for the next generation," Ma said on the island, which is located just a few kilometres from the mainland. "We hope peace will be sustained and war will never happen again." In a symbolic move, Ma and several guests, including South Africa's former president Frederik Willem de Klerk, struck a "peace bell" made from Chinese shells left over from the bombardment 53 years ago. The ceremony is part of a series of official events marking the centenary of the Republic of China,...

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