Cross-strait relations in cold but peaceful situation: report

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(CNA file photo)

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Taipei, March 19 (CNA) The China policy planner and implementer of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government of Taiwan regards relations with China as being in a cold but peaceful situation, while Beijing intensifies opposition to any Taiwan independence attempts.

"Mainland China has intensified its anti-independence arguments while insisting on the 'one China' principle," since May 20, 2016 when DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) assumed the presidency, the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) says in a written report.

Relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are in a regressive state at present, according to the MAC report.

The council is set to deliver the report to a legislative Foreign and National Defense Committee hearing on Monday.

Apart from the MAC, the ministries of national defense and foreign affairs, as well as the National Security Bureau, have been invited to attend the upcoming hearing to report on changes in the regional situations in East Asia and on their strategies in response to the changes that have occurred since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January this year.

Cross-strait relations have been at a virtual standstill since the inauguration of the Tsai government, with Beijing freezing official talks because Tsai's administration refuses to endorse the "1992 consensus," which essentially implies that China and Taiwan are part of one China, something many Taiwanese do not agree with.

The MAC said in the report that China is continuing to reinforce its anti-Taiwan independence suppression.

"Beijing has set political conditions for cross-strait interaction and talks, setting restrictions on personnel exchanges and exerting pressure on the (Taiwan) government by means of withholding preferential treatment (for Taiwan)," the report said.

In the international community, meanwhile, China manipulates its "one China" principle to achieve the goal of blocking Taiwan from joining international organizations, the report said.

"Cross-strait relations remain in a cold but peaceful situation," the MAC concluded.

The MAC report was compiled in four aspects, including the Trump administration's possible impact on the Asia-Pacific situation, China's diplomatic strategies against U.S. presence in the region, and cross-strait relations as Beijing continues its opposition to Taiwan independence.

The report also notes that the Tsai government has been closely monitoring the development of cross-strait links and Trump's East Asia policies.

The MAC said the government will continue to seek constructive progress in the development of cross-strait ties, solidify Taiwan-U.S. relations, and maintain peace and stability in the strait and in the region.

(By Liu Kuan-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)
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