14 Jan '12, 9pm

China-Taiwan ties could get boost

China-Taiwan ties could get boost

BEIJING: Chinese state media said Sunday the victory of Beijing-friendly leader Ma Ying-jeou in the Taiwanese presidential election could offer a "new opportunity" to improve relations across the Taiwan Strait. Ma, of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, won a second term on Saturday after four years of policies that have seen the most dramatic thaw in the island's ties with China since the two sides split more than six decades ago. A commentary on Beijing's official Xinhua news agency said the result of the poll showed the Taiwanese people had backed peaceful development of ties with the mainland. "The winning of Ma Ying-jeou and Kuomintang in Saturday's elections may open new chances for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations," Xinhua said in its "China Voice" commentary. It urged all Taiwanese to support improved ties. "Moreover, the victory of Ma and the KMT may rep...

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