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China's new leadership likely to keep current Taiwan policy: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

2012/11/15 23:06:35

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) Beijing is likely to continue its policy toward Taipei in the short term despite China's leadership transition, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday.

China has established a systematic Taiwan policy that is stable and consistent, which means the communist party's power transition is not likely to have an impact on Taiwan-China relations, said MAC deputy head Liu Te-shun.

Taiwan hopes that both sides of the Taiwan Strait will continue their efforts toward peaceful development, he said at a press briefing held hours after new Chinese leader Xi Jinping took over from President Hu Jintao.

The MAC, Taiwan's top China affairs planner, also said it hopes the social reforms Beijing vowed to carry out will benefit the people there.

Meanwhile, in response to questions on a peace agreement with China, Liu said it is not the priority of the Taiwanese government to sign such a pact.

The peace pact is considered a part of the government's vision, as described in President Ma Ying-jeou's 10-year development plan, instead of an immediate policy, Liu said.

Liu said that peace agreements usually refer to "cease-fire" or "non-invasion" treaties, but Taiwan and China have established institutionalized negotiations in recent years to solve their problems.

He added that the 18 cross-strait pacts signed between Taiwan and China in past years, for instance, are also based on peaceful relations between both sides.

It will require more thinking and time to construct the content of a peace pact between the two sides, but at present, such a pact is not on the government's top agenda, he reiterated.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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