Taiwan should acknowledge China as one of world’s largest economies


TAIPEI (Sin Chew Daily/ANN) – Charles H.C. Kao (高希均),  founder and chairman of Global Views – Commonwealth Publishing Group, urges Taiwan to make good use of opportunities arising from cross-strait relations to achieve win-win with China.

Speaking on behalf of chairman delegation at the opening of 15th Chinese World Leaders’ Summit 2017 in Taipei, the famous economist said Taiwan should acknowledge China as one of the two largest economies in the world.

In the summit themed “Reshaping the future of Chinese – new technology, new market, new opportunities” attended by about 400 people, Kao said all experts who visit Taiwan including Nobel prize peace award winner share similar view that Taiwan would have to find ways to develop good ties with China.

He said last year, former Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou and Xi Jinping had a friendly “historical meet”. There was no further follow up.

Kao said Chinese communities in the world should focus on open society, economic growth, education and development. The most important priority is to have peace in the world.

Kao, who is also a famous economist in the world said this on behalf of the chairman delegation at the opening of 15th Chinese world leaders’ summit 2017 at Taipei. Sin Chew Daily is the only media partner from Malaysia at the summit.

Others include Shi Jie Ri Bao from the United States, Lianhe Zaobao from Singapore, Sina Financials which is currently serving China and the world, Xin Bao from Hong Kong, HKSTV, and Oriental Financial from Hong Kong.

Entrepreneurs and leaders of all sectors from 10 countries, 70 speakers, and about 400 participants attend the two-day dialogue held at Yuan Dong Restaurant in Taipei today. The international and inter-sectors meet of wise minds is the theme: “Reshaping the future of Chinese – new technology, new market, new opportunities.”

Kao concluded his studies on the economic development for the past 50 years. He is the view that Chinese society should have several common goals. Without an open society, economic growth, the good foundation of education, civilization and development, all efforts are futile. The key priority of these targets is to have peace for mankind.

Kao looks forward to peace and is against war. Reflecting the past of 100 years, China has been struggling between desperation and hope, war and re-building. Taiwan has taken the lead in economic growth. Twenty years later China is moving towards reform. Both are heading to establishing a moderately prosperous society.

He said the Nobel prize peace award is not an award for victory but a far-sighted set up. All Nobel prize winners and experts from all other sectors shared a common view when they visit Taiwan that “Taiwan would have to find ways to develop good and interactive ties with China. “

“Taiwan can’t ignore nor give up hope on this anticipation. China can be an extension of Taiwan’s market and land. It can also be the support for Taiwan to head to the world. It is like a huge platform for the frog in the well to leap from the warm water. I look forward to Xi playing the role of maintaining global peace.”

Kao said people of China and Taiwan should think about cross-strait interaction should be forging closer ties and sharing a common fate.

He looks forward to the summit as a platform for people from China and Taiwan to discuss vision, create opportunities, share responsibilities, seek collaborations for the 21st century Chinese world.

Kao also stressed that entrepreneurs have four must: business must be making profit, making profit must be innovative, innovation must have talents and talents must be of man with virtue. A gentleman is a virtuous talent.

Isara Vongkusolkit, a senior chairman of Thailand Business Association, said Asia is entering into an era of new digital. New business opportunities are knocking on the doors of Chinese throughout the world. “Everyone can reshape the future of Southeast Asia through business and investment collaboration.”

Isara, chairman of Mitr Phol Sugar, Thailand’s sugar producer, in his speech entitled “Facing transformation and reshaping the future of Chinese”, said Asia is facing multiple challenges. Chinese play the role to drive Asia and a key role in global economy.

He said Thailand does not discriminate Chinese and open up business opportunities to Chinese. Both Thai and Chinese share common values in Buddhism where Chinese are accepted by the society. The Chinese also teach their younger generation to be grateful to their country. •