New York, March 1 (CNA) Former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) said Wednesday that mutual trust and understanding are the key to maintaining peace and prosperity across the Taiwan Strait, and history will prove that peace is the only way forward in cross-strait relations.
Ma, who is on a 12-day visit to the U.S., made the remarks at the Chinese Community Center in New York.
He said that over the past 3,000 years, China has been unified 70 percent of the time, and it always took a war to move from separation to unification or vice versa.
He said he hopes the people of Taiwan and China will be smarter than their ancestors and will find a peaceful way to resolve their differences so as to lay a foundation for the long-lasting development of the Chinese nation.
The former president arrived in New York Tuesday on a visit that will also take him to Boston and Washington, D.C.
Ma took part in a forum jointly organized by the Asia Society and the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday, and the previous day attended a closed-door round-table luncheon hosted by Stephen A. Orlins, president of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
On Thursday and Friday, he is scheduled to hold talks with experts from the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.
(By Timothy Huang and Y.F. Low)