Nearly 70% approve of president's cross-strait policy: survey

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Nearly 70% approve of president's cross-strait policy: survey

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) Nearly 70 percent of the respondents to a recent poll are in favor of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) cross- Taiwan Strait policy, according to the results of the survey published by the Cross-Strait Policy Association Wednesday.

Up to 74 percent of those polled said they approve of the attitude of "maintaining the cross-strait status quo" advocated by Tsai, with 43.3 percent saying that goodwill gestures she has offered to Beijing have been acceptable.

This compared with 38.1 percent who said the goodwill has been too little, and 8.5 percent who said it has been too much.

On China's insistence that "the 1992 consensus" should be the sole political foundation for cross-strait dialogue and exchanges, up to 67.8 percent said they could not accept this, compared with 25.3 percent who said they could.

In addition, 77.2 percent of the respondents said that China has been unfriendly toward Taiwan since Tsai took office on May 20, 2016.

Cross-strait relations have been chilly since she took office, mainly due to her refusal to heed Beijing's calls to recognize the "1992 consensus."

The consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between China and Taiwan, which was then under a Kuomintang government, that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.

Legislator Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the director of the party's Department of Chinese Affairs, who attended a news conference held by the association to release the poll results, said that the mixed views on the Tsai administration's goodwill to China underscores the fact that the public still harbors expectations of more development in cross-strait relations.

But China's recent arrest of Taiwanese national Lee Ming-che (李明哲), a human rights advocate, in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, will again undermine the faith of the Taiwanese people in China, he said.

On Tsai's performance, 42 percent of those polled said they are satisfied, compared with 54 percent who said they are not.

On questions about faith in Tsai's future performance, the views are polarized, with 48.5 percent saying they have faith in her, compared with 48.1 percent who said they do not.

The survey was conducted between March 27-28 and collected 1,086 samples, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.97 percentage points.

(By Scarlett Chai and Lilian Wu)
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