Of­fi­cials dis­miss Taiwan leader’s com­ments

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By LUO WANGSHU lu­owang­shu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Taiwan leader Tsai Ing­wen’s re­cent state­ments that the is­land would not bow to pres­sure from the main­land have been re­jected by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and aca­demic ex­perts as clear dis­tor­tions.

“The main­land never pres­sures the is­land,” said Ni Yongjie, deputy direc­tor of the Shang­hai In­sti­tute of Taiwan Stud­ies. “The main­land’s only hope is to re­tain peace­ful de­vel­op­ment on the ba­sis of the 1992 Con­sen­sus.”

The 1992 Con­sen­sus, in which rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the main­land and the is­land agreed that both are part of one China, is the cor­ner­stone of up­hold­ing the peace­ful de­vel­op­ment of both sides across the Straits, said An Feng­shan, spokesman for the Taiwan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil.

Tsai said: “Our prom­ise has never changed. Our kindness has never changed. We will not bow to pres­sure and we will of course not re­vert to the old path of con­fronta­tion.”

As long as the 1992 Con­sen­sus is rec­og­nized, both sides across the Taiwan Straits can open talks on an equal foot­ing.”

An Feng­shan, spokesman for the Taiwan Af­fairs Of­fice of the State Coun­cil

But of­fi­cials called her words mis­lead­ing.

“Whether to ac­cept the one-China prin­ci­ple is the touch­stone to test the so-called kindness pro­posed by the Taiwan leader,” An said.

“As long as the 1992 Con­sen­sus is rec­og­nized, both sides across the Taiwan Straits can open talks on an equal foot­ing, and peo­ple from both sides can have a bright fu­ture. It is a dead-end, evil way to deny the 1992 Con­sen­sus, stir up con­fronta­tion and cut eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural ties be­tween Taiwan and the main­land,” he added.

Ni called Tsai’s re­marks noth­ing new, and said it still in­volves at­tempts to ne­go­ti­ate with the main­land.

“As a leader, Tsai is in­ap­pro­pri­ate,” he added.

He also crit­i­cized Tsai’s ref­er­ence to “un­changed kindness”.

Tsai’s ad­min­is­tra­tion poorly han­dled the re­cent bus fire in­ci­dent that killed 24 tourists from the main­land, he said. Tsai treated the vic­tims from Taiwan and the main­land dif­fer­ently. “Tsai’s at­ti­tude in­di­cates no kindness at all,” Ni said.

An re­it­er­ated that the main­land won’t change the sin­cere kindness it has shown to im­prove and de­velop cross-Straits re­la­tions on the ba­sis of the 1992 Con­sen­sus.

“The main­land won’t break the prom­ise to main­tain peace­ful de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

“No force can stop the his­tor­i­cal step for China’s uni­fi­ca­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion. Those who re­spect his­tory will pros­per, those who deny it will per­ish,” An said.

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