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Presidential Office reaffirms stance of 'Three Nos' principle

Presidential Office reaffirms stance of 'Three Nos' principle

Taipei, April 30 (CNA) The Presidential Office reaffirmed Monday that the principles of "no unification, no independence, and no use of force" to maintain peace in the Taiwan Strait are and will remain President Ma Ying-jeou's consistent stance. Ma's administration has upheld these "Three Nos" over the past four years, and they will remain the guidelines for the coming four years, Presidential Office spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi said in response to a report in the Chinese-language Liberty Times that said China hoped to relax the policy of no unification. Based on the Republic of China Constitution and the "1992 Consensus" as the basis for cross-strait relations, Ma's administration has continued to practice the "Three Nos" policy, Fan Chiang said. Ma's administration has continued to promote cross-Taiwan Strait peace on the principles of "first the urgent, then the gradual; first the easy, then the difficult; first economics, then politics," Fan Chiang noted. Those policies have never changed. Meanwhile, there is no room for interpretation regarding the "one country, two areas" remark made by Wu Poh-hsiung, the honorary chairman of the ruling Kuomintang in a meeting with top Chinese leader Hu Jintao in Beijing last month, Fan Chiang said. The statement is in line with the content of the ROC Constitution, Fan Chiang said in response to the local media report that said President Ma seemed to be pulling back from the concept. Fan Chiang also denied that the Chinese government has put pressure on the president over the content of his inauguration speech, as was alleged by the report. (By Kelven Huang and Hanna Liu)


Updated : 2021-04-12 10:15 GMT+08:00