TAIPEI, May 26 (Xinhua) -- Some 64.5 percent of the Taiwan public are
optimistic about the development of cross-Straits relations in the coming year,
according to a survey released here Tuesday.
The survey, by Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), was conducted
through random telephone interviews of 1,133 people on the island aged 20 or
above from May 13 to 14.
It found 53.2 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the Taiwan
authority's performance in handling cross-Straits relations in the past year,
and 66.3 percent believed the cross-Straits talks were conducive to improving
relations and enhancing mutual trust.
Also, 60.9 percent of the respondents saw Taiwan's participation in the
World Health Assembly as an observer as indicating the warming of cross-Straits
About 76.7 percent believed cross-Straits exchanges would become even more
Lee Yun-Jie, a professor with the department of public administration of
Taiwan's Open University, said the agreements signed between the mainland-based
Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan-based SEF
in the past year, including those on direct shipping and allowing mainland
tourists to visit the island, had greatly benefited cross-Straits relations and