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Beijing to stick to peaceful development with Taiwan: PRC official

Taipei, May 24 (CNA) China will uphold peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and stick to the path of peaceful development in its relations with Taiwan, Beijing's top official on Taiwan said Sunday in the Taiwan-held outlying county of Kinmen. Zhang Zhijun (???), the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO, ???), said before concluding his two-day visit to Kinmen that cross-strait peace is very precious and warned that people "should not wait to lose it before realizing how precious it is." He also expressed opposition to any attempt by Taiwan to break away from China and any move to undermine the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations.
The People's Republic of China considers Taiwan a renegade province even though the self-governed island, known formally as the Republic of China, has never been under the PRC's jurisdiction. Meanwhile, Zhang said at a forum with local business representatives in Kinmen that the principle of improving the well-being of people on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should be upheld so that the peaceful development of cross-strait ties can be consolidated. In addition, China will stick to the path of peaceful development in its relations with Taiwan, Zhang said.
Beijing has followed the path for seven years, and he said he has felt the benefits brought by the approach and thinks it should be continued in the future even if there are bumps in the road. Kinmen, which is roughly seven miles off China's coast, was once the front line of Taiwan's resistance of Communist Chinese aggression during the 1950s and 60s and was heavily bombarded. But Zhang said it can now be expected to usher in an era of prosperity as it is one of Taiwan's direct links to China.
Zhang was in Kinmen after meeting with Hsia Li-yan (???), the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC, ???), on Saturday. MAC deputy chief Lin Chu-chia (???), who accompanied Zhang at the forum on Sunday, said he believed the meeting between Hsia and Zhang will help foster more exchanges between the two sides, including Taiwan's participation in the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the establishment of liaison offices in each other's territory. (By Chou Yi-ling, Amy Huang and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-22 07:09 GMT+08:00