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Taiwan keeps door open to China for bilateral communication: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

2016/06/29 21:23:45

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan has kept its door open to China for bilateral contact and communication, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday.

The MAC, which is in charge of monitoring exchanges between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, made the declaration in response to remarks made by An Fengshan (安峰山), a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, in a press conference in Beijing earlier that day, in which he reiterated that the "1992 Consensus" is the political foundation for cross-strait ties and blamed Taiwan for the current suspension of the bilateral contact and communication.

It is the common goal and responsibility of the two sides of the strait to maintain peace and stability in the region, as well as to safeguard their people's welfare and interests, the MAC noted in its statement, adding that the two sides should try to resolve differences existing between them through dialogue and demonstrate goodwill toward each other with wisdom and patience.

Since it has taken office on May 20, Taiwan's new government has upheld the spirit of seeking common ground and setting aside differences that was demonstrated by the two sides of the strait in the "1992 talks" and has been actively seeking areas of mutual interest for interactions and exchanges between them, the MAC said.

"These are the constructive measures taken by the new government and the goodwill it has demonstrated to promote virtuous interactions between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, while creating more room for resolving bilateral disputes peacefully," it stressed.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in her inaugural speech that she respects the historical fact that representing each side across the Strait, Taiwan's Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) and its Chinese counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), have achieved various joint acknowledgements and understandings through communication and negotiations in 1992, and that her administration will handle cross-strait affairs based on the Republic of China's (Taiwan) Constitution, the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area and other related laws, the MAC emphasized.

President Tsai has clearly stated the important implications and the existing political foundations for the future development of cross-Strait relations, it said.

(By Kao Chao-fen and Romulo Huang)

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