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New Taiwan prez urges peace with China
?Drop historical baggage?
Published :Saturday, 21 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 19
TAIPEI, May 20: Taiwan's new president urged China on Friday to "drop the baggage of history" in an otherwise conciliatory inauguration speech that Beijing's Communist Party rulers had been watching for any move towards independence.
President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn in with Taiwan's export-driven economy on the ropes and China, which views the self-ruled island as its own, looking across the Taiwan Strait for anti-Beijing sentiment that could further sour economic ties.
Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has traditionally favoured independence, won parliamentary and presidential elections by a landslide in January on a voter backlash against creeping dependence on China. It takes over after eight years under China-friendly Nationalist Ma Ying-jeou.
Tsai, Taiwan's first woman president said Taiwan would play a responsible role and be a "staunch guardian of peace" with China. "The two governing parties across the Strait must set aside the baggage of history and engage in positive dialogue for the benefit of the people on both sides."    ?REUTERS

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