Ex­perts: Main­land’s new Tai­wan mea­sures show re­spon­si­bil­ity

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA

The Chi­nese main­land’s new mea­sures to in­crease ex­changes with coun­ties in Tai­wan, and re­marks made by top po­lit­i­cal ad­viser Yu Zheng­sheng, show a strong sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity, ex­perts from across the Tai­wan Straits said.

“The re­fusal by Tai­wan’s cur­rent Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party ad­min­is­tra­tion to rec­og­nize the 1992 Con­sen­sus has led to an im­passe and even re­gres­sion of re­la­tions across the Straits, im­pair­ing the in­ter­ests of com­pa­tri­ots from both sides,” said Liu Gu­oshen, di­rec­tor of the Tai­wan Re­search In­sti­tute at Xi­a­men Univer­sity.

The del­e­ga­tion of of­fi­cials from New Taipei City and seven is­land coun­ties, which came to Bei­jing as part of a main­land visit, ex­pressed hope of con­tin­u­ing the peace­ful cross-Straits de­vel­op­ment and win-win co­op­er­a­tion of the past eight years based on the 1992 Con­sen­sus, which af­firms that both sides of the Straits be­long to one China.

Meet­ing with the del­e­ga­tion on Sun­day, Yu stressed that the main­land will not change its pol­icy to­ward Tai­wan, in­clud­ing ad­her­ence to the 1992 Con­sen­sus, op­po­si­tion to “Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence”, and pro­mo­tion of crossS­traits ex­changes and co­op­er­a­tion.

Zhang Guan­hua, deputy di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing-based In­sti­tute of Tai­wan Stud­ies un­der the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences, said Yu’s re­marks demon­strate the main­land’s unswerv­ing stance on mat­ters of prin­ci­ple and its res­o­lu­tion and sin­cer­ity in boost­ing the wel­fare of peo­ple from both sides.

Also on Sun­day, the main­land an­nounced eight mea­sures to pro­mote ex­changes with the ar­eas rep­re­sented in the Tai­wan del­e­ga­tion.

Yang Kai-huang, a crossS­traits re­la­tions expert at Tai­wan-based Ming Chuan Univer­sity, re­garded the mea­sures as “tan­gi­ble and prag­matic”.

“The newly un­veiled mea­sures show the main­land’s con­cern and good­will to­ward the peo­ple in Tai­wan and the hope of rem­e­dy­ing the re­gres­sion of cross-Straits re­la­tions as soon as pos­si­ble,” Yang said.

Both Yu’s re­marks and the new mea­sures once again demon­strated that the 1992 Con­sen­sus is the an­chor of cross-Straits ties, he said.

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