Cross-Strait Peace Forum

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UPF-Taiwan held a forum on the theme: “The Future of Cross-Strait Relations: The
Way of Cooperation, Sustainable Development and Peace” at National Quemoy
University, Kinmen County, Taiwan on November 25, 2017. About 100 delegates
from Mainland China (9), Hong Kong (5), Macau (1), Taiwan (24) and Kinmen (65)
participated.
Kinmen County is an island located just off the southeastern coast of mainland
China, only about two kilometers east of the mainland city of Xiamen. The island was
under intense military bombardment from the People’s Republic of China in the
1950s, and remained under military rule until the mid-1990s. It therefore reflects the
significant change in Cross-Strait relations from a battlefront to its current role as a
key trading point between China and Taiwan. For this reason it was selected as the
location for the UPF Cross-Strait peace forum.
The forum was cosponsored by the National Quemoy University, which provided the
conference hall and 10 student volunteers to support the one-day program. Keynote
speakers included Dr. Li Jianfa, Vice President of Xiamen University, and Dr. Chang
King-Yuh, former Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of Taiwan. Other
prominent speakers from mainland China’s Xiamen University were Dr. Tang
Yonghong, Dean of the Department of Economic Research at the Taiwan Research
Institute, and Dr. Chu Renqiu, professor of Chinese philosophy, who is also the 27 th –
generation descendant of famous Chinese philosopher Chu Shi. Additional speakers
included H.E. Raymond Tai, Taiwan’s former Ambassador to the Holy See, and Dr.
Kwan Kai-wen, professor and head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at
Hong Kong Baptist University.
In the first session, “The Prospects of the Asian Community in South China Sea
Sovereignty Disputes,” the three speakers offered suggestions on the best approach
for Southeast Asian nations in handling territorial disputes with China, in light of
China’s growing activity in the South China Sea.
In the second session, “A Cross-Strait Approach to Tackling Family Crises,” speakers
addressed the conflict between “progressive” family values and traditional Chinese
values. Speakers presented case studies on the homosexual rights movement in
Hong Kong and Taiwan, and discussed the likely impact of the recent decision by
Taiwan’s Constitutional Court that the prohibition of same-sex marriage in the
current Civil Code violates the Constitution.
The third session, “Cross-Strait Ethnic Identities and the Future of Nationality,” dealt
with the changing sense of national and ethnic identity among citizens of different
age groups and backgrounds in Taiwan. Speakers pointed out that politically
motivated efforts to undermine Taiwan people’s blood ties as well as language and
cultural inheritance from China are a threat to friendly Cross-Strait relations.

A sumptuous closing banquet at the Golden Lake Hotel was hosted by the Kinmen
County Government. County Deputy Magistrate Mr. Wu Cheng-tien warmly received
the forum participants and offered all delegates a special gift. The County also
provided a tour guide for a one-day sightseeing program the next day. This
unprecedented level of support from a host government underscores the growing
recognition of UPF’s work in the region.
This is the fourth Cross-Strait Peace Forum organized by UPF-Taiwan since 2015.
Encouraged by the positive response of participants at each succeeding event, we
aim to develop this annual program as UPF’s signature event in the Greater China
Region.

 

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