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President reaffirms commitment to improve cross-strait ties

ROC Central News Agency

2016/09/14 17:27:46

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday reaffirmed her commitment to improve Taiwan's relations with China and pledged to help Taiwanese businessmen solve problems they face on the mainland.

The government has never wavered in its determination to maintain cross-Taiwan Strait peace and stability and will do its utmost to promote amiable interactions between the two sides in the hope of building a pragmatic, stable and long-lasting relationship, Tsai said at a forum held in Taichung by the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) for China-based Taiwanese businessmen.

She said the development of cross-strait relations is the shared responsibility of both sides and expressed hope that new SEF Chairman Tien Hung-mao (田弘茂) will inject new elements and opportunities into relations and create new milestones in cross-strait ties.

With his experience and professional background and support from the Mainland Affairs Council, Tien can definitely provide the best service for Taiwanese businessmen operating in China, she said.

She also promised that the government will protect the rights of the businessmen and help them solve problems.

The SEF is a semi-official organization in charge of negotiating with China and dealing with cross-strait affairs in the absence of official ties.

Exchanges between the SEF and its mainland counterpart, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS), have stalled since Tsai assumed office on May 20.

Beijing has insisted that Tsai accept the "1992 consensus" as the political foundation for cross-strait dialogue, but Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party have never recognized its existence.

The consensus as perceived by the previous Kuomintang administration is a tacit agreement with China that there is only one China in the world, with the People's Republic of China on the mainland and the Republic of China on Taiwan free to interpret its meaning.

(By Chen Chia-lun and Y.F. Low)

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