Taiwan Leader Considers Peace Treaty With Mainland China

Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou says he would like to sign a peace treaty with Mainland China in the coming decade, if the people of the island agree.

Ma’s comments came on Monday in Taipei, with recent opinion polls showing him leading his chief rival, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, in the race for the presidency. Elections are scheduled for mid-January.

Ma’s current term has been marked by efforts to improve relations with Beijing, including backing for a host of trade and investment deals.

Monday, he said any peace pact with China would require, in his words, “a high level of support from Taiwan’s public.”

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