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Tsai will not sacrifice Taiwan's dignity for ties with China: aide

ROC Central News Agency

2018/12/12 18:13:58

Taipei, Dec. 12 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will not sacrifice Taiwan's sovereignty and dignity for economic benefits while pursuing the policy of peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊) said Wednesday at a legislative committee meeting.

Chen made the comment when asked by opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Jason Hsu (許毓仁) at a meeting of the Legislature's Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee whether the government's cross-strait policy needs to be revised after Taiwanese master baker Wu Pao-chun (吳寶春) made an online statement that he was born in "Taiwan, China," apparently for fear of being branded a Taiwan independence supporter.

In the statement, Wu, who is seeking to expand his chain of bakeries to China, said he is proud of being Chinese and supports the "1992 consensus" which endorses the "one China" principle.

Wu's statement came after Chinese netizens accused him of being pro-Taiwan independence.

Hsu said that Wu was forced to show his stance on the matter but the government did not come foward and speak for him.

Chen said that cross-strait relations are developed in a bilateral, not unilateral manner, adding that Tsai has extended goodwill to China based on the Republic of China Constitution and the Act Governing Relations Between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area.

If China has demands about Taiwan that could hurt its sovereignty and dignity, the president will not cave in to them in exchange for economic gains, Chen said.

She said it requires mutual understanding, more exchanges and dialogue and the seeking of common ground to develop cross-strait relations.

Chen also denied reports that some in the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are of the view that Tsai should not seek re-election in the 2020 presidential election.

"There are no such views," according to Chen, who added that the DPP still deems Tsai the most suitable candidate to run for re-election and will support her. "Her re-election bid is normal," she said.

Also Wednesday, Lin Yu-chang (林右昌), acting DPP chairman, said that Wu's case shows that China is not a democratic and free society and that cross-strait exchanges should be carried out on an equal footing and without any preconditions.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)

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