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MAC urges 'wisdom, patience' in cross-strait exchanges

ROC Central News Agency

2017/10/28 21:38:45

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has urged the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to exercise wisdom and patience in coming up with a new model for exchanges, according to a statement issued by the council Saturday.

The statement was in direct response to Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), China's Taiwan Affairs Office director, who asked Taiwan's government to accept the "1992 concensus" -- which Beijing uses as the framework for its "one-China" policy -- during a forum on cross-strait relations in Shanghai earlier that day.

According to Zhang, the only way to get past the impasse that currently characterizes China-Taiwan relations is for Taiwan to embrace the "1992 concensus" and admit that there is only "one China."

The MAC avoided addressing the sensitive topic directly, instead focusing on the shared responsibility that falls on both Taiwan and China to deal with cross-strait relations.

It expressed hope that dialogue could give way to a new method of thinking and interacting, and create new opportunities for cross-strait development.

(By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu)

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