PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO CROSS-STRAIT PEACE
Central News Agency
Taipei, June 9 (CNA) The government's policy toward relations across the Taiwan Strait is to maintain the peaceful status quo and resolve any cross-strait dispute by no other than peaceful means, the Presidential Office said Thursday.
The Presidential Office issued the statement after U.S. President George W. Bush said in an interview with Fox News TV Channel a day earlier that his administration is working to make sure that neither Taiwan nor China "provokes the other through unilateral action" but expressed confidence that "time will heal this issue."
China has said it will attack Taiwan if the self-governing island tries to declare formal independence.
The Presidential Office said in a press statement that the government's stance on peaceful solution to cross-strait disputes is in full compliance with that of the United States.
The statement further says that the international community should pay more heed to whether China will use "non-peaceful means" to alter the Taiwan Strait status quo since it enacted its anti-secession law in March this year. The legislation codifies the use of "non-peaceful means" against Taiwan.
(By Sofia Wu)
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