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U.S. election results will not alter China's stance on Taiwan: MAC

ROC Central News Agency

11/09/2020 04:13 PM

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday that China is likely to continue to advance its goal of unification with Taiwan, using military intimidation tactics, despite a pending change of government in the United States.

In a report on the impact of the American election results on cross-Taiwan Strait relations, the MAC said China sees the Taiwan issue as central to its relations with the U.S.

On that basis, China will continue to make every effort to block U.S. involvement in the Taiwan Strait and undermine Taiwan-U.S. cooperation, the MAC said in the report, which was delivered to the Legislative Yuan.

Furthermore, Beijing may seek to increase its military intimidation tactics and step up its efforts to advance its "one-China unification process," according to the report.

In addition to the recent incursions by Chinese military planes into Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), other operations by China to force Taiwan to accept its political framework may be seen, the report said.

Nonetheless, the MAC said, Taiwan-U.S. relations will continue to deepen in the interests of regional security and in areas such as economy and trade, science and technology, and epidemic prevention, according to the report.

On the issue of U.S.-China relations, the report said they remain a major factor in regional security and the global political and economic structure, but the long-standing competition between the two countries will not end with a new U.S. administration.

Beijing should carefully evaluate the situation in the U.S. and try to reshape the trend of the bilateral relations, the report said.

Taiwan, meanwhile, will firm up its position, under the principles of democracy and freedom, and continue its efforts to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, while handling the situations with care, the MAC said.

Commenting on the issue, Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正), director-general of Taiwan's National Security Bureau, said the cross-strait situation remains crucial, and the bureau will keep monitoring any abnormal actions by China.

In the trilateral relationship, the U.S. is likely to continue in the general direction of containing China while remaining friendly toward Taiwan, he said.

Four days after the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 3, Joe Biden of the Democratic Party was declared the winner on all the country's major news networks, as the preliminary results showed him with a strong lead over the incumbent President Donald Trump.

(By Lai Yen-hsi, Matt Yu, and William Yen)

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