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No timetable for discussing cross-strait confidence-building measures

No timetable for discussing cross-strait confidence-building measures

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) The government has no timetable for conducting talks on cross-Taiwan Strait confidence-building measures, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Wednesday.
Yu Sy-tue made the remarks after Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of China's Defense Ministry, said earlier in the day that China is happy to see an easing of cross-strait tension and that it is willing to discuss cross-strait confidence-building measures.
But Qian said that it seems that Taiwan has yet to forge a substantive view on the matter and he urged an early coordination of Taiwanese views on the issue.
Responding to Qian's words, Yu noted that the government's current cross-strait policy is based on three principles: the economy before politics; easy parts before difficult parts; and urgent issues ahead of non-urgent issues.
"The subjective and objective conditions have not yet ripened to the point that talks can be conducted on confidence-building measures, " he said, adding that "the government has no timetable for embarking on such talks at present." (By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-23 03:57 GMT+08:00