Taiwan leader Ma says cross-Strait relations likely to go further








TAIPEI  |   2015-02-13 23:50:16


Taiwan leader Ma says

cross-Strait relations

likely to go further



By Chen Siwu



Taiwan’s leader Ma Ying-jeou said on Friday  of February 13 cross-Strait relations will likely go further during his term despite “small ripples”.

In a TV interview on Friday afternoon, Ma said cross-Strait relations did have “small ripples” but that was not fundamental.

Commenting on the progress of the cross-Strait relations since he took office, Ma said cross-Strait relations must be judged from a much longer perspective and in a broader context.

He said some issues may not be solved all at once and need to be taken step by step.

The current setback in cross-Strait relations was much smaller than those seen before he took office.

“So we must not be too worried or lose our faith,” Ma said.

He noted the purpose of cross-Strait policies was to provide a better environment for the next generation and all need to face the issue, otherwise it would be a “lose-lose” situation.

If Taiwan fails to continue on this path, the future will really be very difficult, Ma said.

Ma’s second term as Taiwan’s leader will end in May next year.








TAIPEI  |   2015-02-13 23:54:06 


•  Taiwan’s move to import U.S. beef parts criticized 

By Chen Siwu 


Taiwan’s Consumers’ Foundation on Friday of February 13 described a plan to allow imports of several kinds of U.S. beef product as “very disturbing”.

Taiwan’s agricultural authority plans to allow imports of bone marrow, blood vessels, head meat, cheek meat, oesophagus and tallow from cattle under 30 months old from the United States and Canada. The United States is still affected by bovine spongiform encephalitis (BSE).

The foundation was quoted in Taiwan media as saying that it is worried that people consuming beef, milk and dairy made from infected beef will be at a higher risk of being infected with the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the fatal neurological disease that is believed to be caused by consuming BSE-infected cow products.

According to Taiwan’s food safety regulations, the import of internal cow organs from countries that have reported cases of mad cow diseases over the past decade is prohibited, but the agricultural authority argues the six categories are not internal organs.











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