Tai­wan elec­tion can­di­date’s com­ments made on US trip re­buked

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By HENA hena@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.”

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