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Premier will not rule out cross-strait 'track two' dialogue

ROC Central News Agency

2016/06/14 22:45:24

June 14 (CNA) Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said Tuesday that the government will not rule out the possibility of "track two" dialogue with China, as long as it is based on the principles of dignity and reciprocity.

"Track two" communication is a non-official or semi-official dialogue when official contacts are severed due to various reasons.

Lin was responding to a question raised by Kuomintang Legislator Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) on ways to maintain cross-Taiwan Strait relations, which have shown signs of cooling, as the administration of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has refused to accept the "1992 consensus" as demanded by Beijing.

The consensus, a tacit understanding that there is only one China with both sides of the strait free to interpret what that means, was said by the administration of former President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) to have been reached in 1992 and served as the foundation for cross-strait engagement over the past eight years of the Ma administration.

The premier said his government will do its best to maintain cross-strait peace and stability by showing more goodwill toward Beijing.

As to who should be assigned to conduct "track two" dialogue, Lin said he will be "more than happy" to see any academic group or local government engage in exchanges with the other side of the strait, as long as the principles of dignity and reciprocity are upheld.

(By Wen Kui-hsiang and Bear Lee)

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