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President calls for resumption of cross-strait dialogue

ROC Central News Agency

2016/10/08 12:44:30

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Saturday called on China to resume official dialogue with Taiwan soon, saying that she has shown a high level of goodwill toward Beijing, as demonstrated in her inaugural address.

Speaking during an international conference on the South China Sea dispute and Asia-Pacific regional peace, Tsai stressed that her goodwill and commitment toward cross-Taiwan Strait relations remain unchanged.

Coming two days before the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan), the president's remarks appear to indicate that she is unlikely to break new ground during her address to the nation as far as her position toward cross-Taiwan Strait relations is concerned.

She said her administration will not succumb to pressure from Beijing, but it does not want and will not revert to the old path of confrontation, either.

The president said Taiwan is a democratic society, and maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait is the choice of the Taiwanese people, not hers alone.

"The two sides of the strait should sit down for talks as soon as possible, so as to improve communication between both sides and get rid of many unnecessary misunderstandings," she said.

Accusing Tsai's government of refusing to recognize the "1992 consensus," Beijing has suspended official dialogue with Taipei since Tsai was sworn in on May 20.

The consensus refers to an understanding reached between Taipei and Beijing in 1992 that there is only one China, with the two sides free to interpret its meaning.

Beijing has insisted that the Tsai administration explicitly accept the consensus as the political foundation for the continuation of relatively warm relations under her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), but Tsai would only go so far as to say that she respects the historic fact that the cross-strait talks took place and some understandings were reached.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)

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