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DPP vows to maintain cross-strait peace if it returns to power

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Friday that if her party wins the 2016 presidential election, it will fulfill its responsibility to maintain peaceful and stable relations between Taiwan and China. The party has a clear policy of insisting on three specific conditions and requiring three particular benefits in its dealings with China, while maintaining a focus on the continued peaceful and stable development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, Tsai said on the sidelines of a forum in Taipei. Tsai, who is seeking the DPP nomination for the 2016 presidential election, made the remarks after Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) warned Wednesday that cross-strait relations could return to a turbulent state if their foundation -- in the form of the 1992 consensus -- is shaken. The DPP has said that at the heart of its China policy is an insistence that the government's policy-making is democratic and transparent, that all parties are allowed to take part in cross-strait exchanges, and that the people also reap the fruits of those interactions. The party's China policy also requires that the promotion of cross-strait relations provide mutual benefits in three areas -- the development of freedom and democracy, regional peace and stability, and cross-strait exchanges. The 1992 consensus, which allows the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to interpret the concept of "one China" in their own way, is an understanding reached between the previous Kuomintang government and China to pave the way for semi-official talks. President Ma Ying-jeou (???) and his Kuomintang have repeatedly affirmed the 1992 consensus, saying it has served as the basis for more stable relations across the Taiwan Strait. The DPP, however, does not recognize the consensus. Tsai told reporters that cross-strait relations are not ties between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party. Taiwan and China both have a responsibility to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, no matter which party is in power, she said. Taiwan's government should also take public opinion into consideration when engaging with China, Tsai said, noting that Taiwan is a democracy. Nomenclatures and labels will not serve well in the handling of cross-strait ties, she said. Instead, the focus should be on the substantive issues in cross-strait relations, Tsai said. She said she also hopes that Taiwan and China will make room for mutual respect, as they strengthen bilateral communication and increase exchanges. (By Sophia Yeh and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-18 04:33 GMT+08:00