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China may step up pressure on Taiwan on 'one-China' issue: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

2016/09/27 21:43:31

Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a report that China may increase the pressure on Taiwan's new government to shift its cross-strait policy in the direction of recognizing the "one-China" principle before Beijing holds a major political conference next year.

The report, which is scheduled to be submitted to the Legislative Yuan Wednesday, was compiled after the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) decided to not invite Taiwan to its general assembly, allegedly due to pressure from China.

The MAC said that faced with a number of challenges, both domestic and international, ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017, Beijing is likely to insist on the one-China principle as the core of its policy toward Taiwan.

China's efforts to block Taiwan's participation in the ICAO's 39th triennial assembly that will open Tuesday in Montreal and its move to prevent the Taiwanese media from covering the event has hurt cross-strait relations and the feelings of the Taiwanese people, the MAC said in its report.

The Taiwan government was pleased to see the various political parties take a firm and common stance on the ICAO issue, the MAC said, adding that international aviation safety should take precedence over political differences.

Both sides of the Taiwan Strait have a responsibility to maintain peaceful and stable cross-strait relations and protect the wellbeing of their people, the MAC said.

It said the government will continue to seek a breakthrough in the current dilemma across the strait and call on China to respond pragmatically to help advance cross-strait ties.

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