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China's military deployment a 'barrier': Taiwanese official

Central News Agency

2011/08/28 20:16:08

By Lawrence Chiu and Jamie Wang

Taipei, Aug. 28 (CNA) Taiwan's top-ranking China policy official said in the United States Saturday that China's military deployment against the island constituted a barrier in the relationship between the two sides.

Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Lai Shin-yuan said during a meeting with Taiwanese expatriates in San Francisco that a true reconciliation across the Taiwan Strait should not involve any political preconditions, and she hoped China would initiate moves to eliminate the obstacle.

Doing so would deepen the development of the cross-Taiwan Strait relationship, establish mutual trust and turn a new page of cross-strait peace through rapprochement, she said.

Meanwhile, she criticized opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen for her opposition to the "1992 consensus," saying the denial would deprive Taiwan of the basis for defending its sovereignty during exchanges with China.

Lai said that supporting the consensus underpinned the idea that the Republic of China is an independent, self-governed country.

The "1992 consensus" refers to what the ruling Kuomintang describes as a tacit understanding reached between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in 1992 that "there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means."

Meanwhile, MAC Deputy Minister Kao Charng said to Taiwanese expatriates in Seattle that the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) with China was the first step in institutionalizing the economic and trade relations between the two sides.

Kao rebutted criticism that the pact made Taiwan economically dependent on China, contending that it "maximizes commercial opportunities while minimizing risk."

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