Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Election offers hope for cross-straits dialogue

Hon Phil Goff - Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Media Statement

22 March 2004

Election offers hope for cross-straits dialogue

Taiwan’s election offers an opportunity to restore momentum to cross-straits dialogue, Foreign Minister Phil Goff said today.

Mr Goff welcomed the high turnout for the election, and the generally peaceful way in which it was conducted, although he deplored the shooting incident that injured President Chen Shui-bian and his deputy Annette Lu in the final days of the campaign.

"Confirmation of the election result may be subject to judicial review. It is important that such judicial process is respected, and that domestic calm is maintained," Mr Goff said.

"The principal challenge that will face the new government is to re-engage with Beijing in a constructive way. Cross-straits stability is central to regional security, and I hope that Taiwan will not do anything that could jeopardise the measured way in which relations between Taipei and Beijing have progressed in recent years.

"The true exercise of democracy requires leaders to provide leadership based on rational analysis of long-term interests. There is too much at stake, not only for Taiwan, for any acts of unnecessary confrontation."

Mr Goff also welcomed the restraint shown by Beijing throughout Taiwan’s election campaign, and urged China to avoid any thought of recourse to military force.

"New Zealand hopes that both sides will commit to resolving their differences through peaceful means, and we have consistently called for dialogue towards this end.

We applaud the growth of a vibrant economic relationship that brings huge benefit to both sides of the straits; benefit that can and will grow significantly," Mr Goff said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election