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Most Taiwanese oppose 'one China' comment touted by Chu: DPP poll

Most Taiwanese oppose 'one China' comment touted by Chu: DPP poll

Taipei, May 8 (CNA) Nearly 70 percent of Taiwanese opposed the comment made by ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (???) during a recent trip to China that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China," according to a poll conducted by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Chu said on May 4 ahead of his meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping (???) that through the efforts of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation and China's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait in 1992, a consensus was reached that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China, but with each side ascribing different content and definitions to the concept of one China." The DPP poll asked respondents if they agreed that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China," with 66.7 percent disagreeing and 23.3 percent agreeing, said DPP spokesman Cheng Yun-peng (???). The survey also found that 50.4 percent agreed with the statement that "the development of cross-strait relations in recent years has only been relations between the KMT and the Communist Party of China. Nearly three-fifths of the respondents (59.1 percent) also said the dividends reaped from the development of cross-strait relation have been monopolized by a few people. The survey was conducted May 4-6 via telephone calls of 1,021 people and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. In response, a KMT spokesman criticized the survey as lacking credibility. Yang Wei-chung (???), deputy director of KMT's Culture and Communications Committee , said the DPP survey failed to present Chu's comprehensive views on cross-strait ties and deliberately misled the public. Yang noted that Chu has said that "both sides belong to one China, but its content and definition are different," and that Chu stressed one China meant the Republic of China, but his words were taken out of context by the DPP poll. (By Lu Hsin-hui, Kelven Huaang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-23 01:55 GMT+08:00