Taiwan urged to make changes
said recently that the island’s authorities are open to exchanges between cities and counties but said she didn’t want any political preconditions. The island’s mainland affairs council also said it won’t change its stance.
Ma said that “no political precondition” refers to refusing to recognize the one-China principle, and that the island’s cross-Straits policy has seriously harmed the interests of the people there.
If the ruling DPP continues to brush off public opinion that favors the development of cross-Straits relations, as well as the desire of people to improve their livelihoods, it will only be left in a more passive position, he added.
Ma said that with understanding of the a correct nature of cross-Straits relations, the exchanges and cooperation between cities and counties will definitely expand.
In local elections last month in Taiwan, the Kuomintang won 15 of the 22 contested seats, while the ruling DPP landed six.
The newly elected Kuomintang county and city heads all publicly declared that they will uphold the 1992 Consensus and expect more cooperation with the mainland to stimulate economic development.
On Monday, the head of the island’s Penghu county visited Liu Jieyi, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, in Beijing, and they exchanged ideas on issues including the sale of Penghu agricultural products to the mainland and tourism.