15 Jan '12, 5am

China vows cooperation with Taiwan after Ma Ying-jeou claims victory in presidential polls

BEIJING (AFP) - China said it will cooperate with Taiwan after the Beijing-friendly leader Ma Ying-jeou claimed victory in the island's presidential polls on Saturday. Mr Ma, of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, won a second term as Taiwan's president 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. 'We are willing to join hands with Taiwan's all walks of life on the basis of continuing to oppose 'Taiwan independence',' the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, or cabinet, said in a statement released late on Saturday. An unnamed spokesman said in the statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency that China and Taiwan 'should make common efforts for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.' China considers Taiwan part of its sovereign territory and opposes any...

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