China has little to say in first Taiwan Affairs Council press conference since 9-in-1 elections

Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang continued to emphasize the One China principle and 1992 Consensus

Taiwan Affairs Council spokesman Ma Xiaoguang

Taiwan Affairs Council spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China’s Taiwan Affairs Council held its first official press conference since the nine-in-one elections today (Nov. 28).

Spokesman for the council Ma Xiaoguang emphasized the One China principle and the 1992 Consensus when answering to press. CNA reports that media locked on to issues such as the East Asian Youth Games, agricultural trade, city and province exchange, and general cross-strait relations.

Ma was asked specifically about newly-elected Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen’s (盧秀燕) promise to continue fighting for the East Asian Youth Games, to which he responded that it was the East Asian Olympic Committee’s decision to cancel the event. He did not answer questions on whether he supported the new mayor.

Ma was also asked about the new KMT Mayor of Kaohsiung City Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), who has expressed support for the 1992 consensus. He said the consensus is the basis of peaceful cooperative development across the strait and welcomed intercity cross-strait exchanges.

The spokesman did not directly address Han’s hopes of promoting Taiwanese agricultural products to China. He did, however, say on the basis that the situation in Taiwan has changed, the scope for cross-strait urban exchanges is wider and the scale is larger.

Ma also commented that the elections had not altered China’s general stance towards cross-strait relations. Upholding the 1992 consensus, supporting “friendly” parties in Taiwan, and opposing those advocating Taiwanese independence are still top priorities, he added.