Tai­wan urged to make changes

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

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.

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