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China should face reality of ROC's existence: MAC

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council(MAC, ???)said Tuesday that Beijing should squarely face the reality of the existence of the Republic of China and the fact that Taiwan and mainland China are under separate rule. MAC made the statement in response to media reports that Nanjing University in a press conference earlier in the day launched "The Special History of the Republic of China," a book which said the ROC was established in 1912 and ended in 1949. MAC said that the portraits of the ROC in the university's press release is contrary to the fact that the ROC has been objectively in existence since its birth in 1912. The ROC has been standing firmly since it was established 104 years ago, said MAC. "Under the ROC constitutional framework, the government has dedicated itself to developing the country politically, economically, culturally and socially," it said. As a result, it added, the ROC has grown into a mature democratic country on Taiwan, a country that is demonstrating a different outlook than the Chinese mainland and a country that is recognized and respected by the international community. It pointed out that due to historical factors, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have been ruled by different governments under different systems. Mainland China should look squarely at the reality of the ROC's existence and the separation of the two sides of the strait under two jurisdictions, it said. Only pragmatic exchanges, mutual respect and mutual understanding can help narrow the psychological gap between the people on both sides of the strait and facilitate the long-term development of cross-strait relations, said MAC. "The Special History of the Republic of China" was the results of five years of work by 70 scholars from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Maocau. A version in simplified Chinese characters is published by Nanjing University. (By Chou Yi-ling, Bear Lee and S.C. Chang)

Updated : 2021-09-21 09:49 GMT+08:00