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Beijing's policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged: Chinese official

ROC Central News Agency

2016/01/30 21:32:27

Beijing, Jan. 30 (CNA) Beijing's basic policy toward Taiwan will remain unchanged despite political changes in Taiwan, a Chinese official said Saturday.

'No matter what changes occur in Taiwan's political scene, the mainland's basic policy line toward Taiwan will not change,' said Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, while meeting with a group of Taiwanese businessmen with operations in China.

Zhang said he hoped that in the new year, cross-Taiwan Strait relations will continue to move forward along the path of peaceful development based on the common political foundation of the '1992 consensus.'

He said cross-strait ties have achieved fruitful results since 2008, a development which he said is beneficial to the well-being of people on both sides and should be valued.

It was the first time Zhang has openly talked about cross-strait relations since the Jan. 16 elections in Taiwan, which saw Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) of the Democratic Progressive Party win the presidency.

Tsai and her party have rejected the existence of the '1992 consensus,' which Taiwan's incumbent Kuomintang government interprets as the two sides agreeing that there is only 'one China,' with the two sides free to interpret what that means.

The DPP's position has raised questions about the future of relations between Taiwan and China.

(By Scarlett Chai and Y.F. Low)

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