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President again urges Beijing to hold dialogue with Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

2016/10/09 18:25:15

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Sunday reiterated her appeal to Beijing to hold dialogue with Taiwan and stressed that her government is dedicated to building sustainable cross-strait relations.

"We are committed to building consistent, sustainable and predictable cross-strait relations, to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait and to maintain the status quo of Taiwan's democracy," Tsai said at an event organized by the Overseas Community Affairs Council.

Tsai reiterated that her good will and commitment to cross- strait relations remain unchanged.

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

"This is our principle. I believe that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should sit down and talk as soon as possible, and resolve problems through dialogue," the president said at the event held to celebrate the Republic of China's (Taiwan's) National Day, which falls on Monday.

The president has made similar comments at public events and in interviews with foreign media recently, appearing to be setting the stage for her National Day address on Monday.

A member of the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) predicted that Tsai is unlikely to break new ground in her National Day address and is likely to repeat what she has said during the media interviews to "throw the ball back in China's court."

At the event, Tsai also stressed that her administration has begun to reform Taiwan's economic structure and will amend laws and regulations to improve the country's investment environment, she said.

Her administration is also supporting the development of the "five plus two" sectors, which consists of five innovative industries -- smart machinery, the Internet of Things, biotechnology, national defense and green energy technology -- and the promotion of the circular economy and a new agricultural paradigm, to create better jobs and incomes, Tsai said.

She added that her administration is also strengthening the social safety net by improving social housing, child care and long-term care and reforming the pension system.

(By Tang Pei-chun and Christie Chen)

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