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'One Republic of China, two areas': China affairs deputy

'One Republic of China, two areas': China affairs deputy

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) A deputy head of Taiwan's China affairs agency said Wednesday that the government in Taipei has always considered Taiwan and mainland China to be two areas of the same country -- "one Republic of China, two areas." Wu Mei-hung (???), deputy minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, pointed to the Republic of China Constitution and the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area as defining the two sides as separate areas under the ROC government based in Taipei. "This definition has been the same for over 20 years through three different presidents, never changing," Wu said. Her comments came after Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) stirred up debate by proposing "two countries, one system" as a model for cross-strait relations in a late January interview with U.S. magazine Foreign Policy. That is an inversion of the "one country, two systems" formula often broached by Beijing when talking about Taiwan and currently being used to govern semi-autonomous Hong Kong.
Wu responded to reporters' questions by reiterating the government's long-standing stance: the Republic of China is a sovereign, independent country based on freedom and democracy, which it said are the consensus of the Taiwanese people.
She said she spoke on behalf of the people of Taiwan, adding that they have never changed their insistence on continuing exchanges with the other side of the Taiwan Strait. Wu said that the government will continue to move peaceful relations forward based on the 1992 consensus, the tacit agreement between Taipei and Beijing that there is only China, with each side free to interpret its meaning. (By Yin Chun-chieh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 02:16 GMT+08:00