Taiwan election candidate’s comments made on US trip rebuked
A senior official from the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office reiterated its opposition to Taiwan independence on Wednesday.
The response came in the light of comments made recently by Tsai Ing-wen, the chairwomanof Taiwan’s opposition Democratic Progressive Party during her trip to the United States.
Tsai completed a 12-day trip to the US on Tuesday, during which the DPP candidate for Taiwan’s 2016 leadership elections met with US government officials, lawmakers and scholars.
In an opinion piece published in TheWall Street Journal on June 2, Tsai wrote that “a more consistent and sustainable relationship with China will be a core goal ofmy administration”, but she didn’t refer to the “1992 Consensus”, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said: “The DPP chief has talked a lot on the cross-Straits relationship during her visit to theUS, but failed to make clear the core issue.”
The cross-Straits relationship is not a nation-to-nation relationship, and the DPP needs to give a clear answer on the relationship, Ma said.
“Our stance on the DPP is consistent and clear,” Ma added. “There is no way forward for a secessionist stance. The Chinese mainland is firmly opposed to ‘ Taiwan independence’ activities in any form by any person on international occasions.
“Adherence to the ‘1992 Consensus’ between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan is the basis of peaceful development of cross-Straits relations,” said Ma. “The core lies in the recognition from the two parties that the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one China.”
In 1992, the mainland’s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits and Taiwan’s Straits Exchange Foundation reached a common understanding that both sides of the Taiwan Straits adhere to the One-China Principle.
At its regular news conference on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also reiterated that the Chinese mainland holds a consistent and clear position on the Taiwan Question.
Hong Lei, spokesman for the ministry, said, “We hope that the US will abide by the one-China policy and the three joint communiques between China and the US, and stay firmly against ‘Taiwan independence’, refrain from sending any wrong signals to ‘Taiwan independence’ forces, and make tangible efforts to support the peaceful development of the crossStraits relations and the steady growth of China-US relations.”