Taiwan's Tsai: China peace accord will hurt island

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2011 5:25 AM
Taiwan's Tsai: China peace accord will hurt island

Taiwan's opposition presidential candidate says President Ma Ying-jeou's desire to pursue a peace treaty with China will damage the democratic island's sovereignty.

Wednesday's statement by Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen reinforces the party's charge that Ma's China engagement program is aimed at setting the stage for Taiwan's unification with the mainland.

On Monday, Ma said he wanted to pursue a China peace treaty if re-elected next January, provided the idea is supported by Taiwan's people.

Taiwan and China split amid civil war in 1949. Beijing still claims the island as its own, and threatens attack if it resists unification indefinitely.

During Ma's presidency, he has significantly deepened commercial ties with Beijing.