MAC: China should resolve its domestic issues before threatening Taiwan

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council responded to an earlier statement from China's Taiwan Office

China's National People's Congress

China's National People's Congress (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) told Beijing to prioritize China’s own domestic issues in response to an earlier comment from a Taiwan Affairs Office representative.

The second meeting of China’s 19th National People’s Congress commenced on Tuesday, during which Premier Li Keqiang introduced this year’s “government work report.” The “Taiwan” section of the report reaffirms the Communist Party’s (CCP) support for the “One China Principle” and the “Xi Five Points” made in President Xi Jinping’s New Year message to Taiwan.

Director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Liu Jieyi commented that “One Country, Two Systems” shows compassion and sympathy for Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said in response to this that the people of Taiwan do not accept such an absurdly patronizing gesture.

MAC wrote that Beijing is attempting to conceal its constant attempts to threaten Taiwan’s sovereign dignity and democratic political system. The council said that neither the people of Taiwan nor the international community at large believe or accept that a despotic regime can implement a true “One Country, Two Systems” arrangement.

Taiwan is a sovereign country, MAC stressed, and the values of freedom and democracy lie at the core of Taiwanese society.

The “Xi Five Points” revealed China’s true intentions with regards to cross-strait unification, and the intensity of threats to Taiwan from the CCP grows each day, wrote the council.

In accordance with President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) “four musts” for positive cross-strait relations, Taiwan actively implements a protective democratic security system in order to firmly defend national sovereignty and the well-being of the Taiwanese people, wrote MAC.

MAC further called on Beijing to recognize the current, complex situation and prioritize addressing China’s internal systemic issues, including deficient public welfare and regional resistance to hegemonic interference. MAC said China ought to find an appropriate way to resolve conflicts of interest among its own population, and have the courage to conduct self-reformation.

Only when Beijing refrains from divisive tactics and violent threats can positive cross-strait relations be conducted, MAC wrote.

Liu Jieyi commented on Tuesday that “two different political systems is not an obstacle to unification or an excuse for separation.” He further stated that China is willing to conduct democratic consultations with all political parties and facets of society in Taiwan, but that China still resolutely supports the 1992 Consensus and opposes Taiwanese independence.