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Tsai calls for cross-strait relations at governmental level

Tsai calls for cross-strait relations at governmental level

Taipei, April 12 (CNA) Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Sunday that cross-strait relations should not be limited to the scope of political parties, but must be defined as relations between governments to fully reflect the will and expectations of the people. Tsai was elaborating on her statement the previous day that cross-strait relations should not be defined by the agenda of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT). She said that since the KMT came to power, it has been compromising in its cross-strait negotiations on behalf of Taiwan. The ruling party has been first reaching agreements with China, then seeking the approval of the Taiwan people through various maneuverings, Tsai said at a softball event in New Taipei organized by her supporters. Cross-strait agreements must be negotiated at a government-to-government level to ensure adequate representation, transparency, and oversight by the Legislature and the people, she said. "Taiwan is a democratic nation, and the democratic process must be upheld," Tsai stressed. She further said that cross-strait relations will progress only when the required democratic procedures are observed to ensure that the will and expectations of the people are met. "I believe that our expectations of government-to-government level negotiations are shared by the public," Tsai said. (By Lu Hsin-huei and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-20 17:12 GMT+08:00