More than 70% support cross-strait status quo: survey

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More than 70% support cross-strait status quo: survey

Taipei, May 18 (CNA) More than 70 percent of people polled support efforts by Taiwan's government to maintain the cross-strait status quo based on the pursuit of peace and stability, according to the results of a public opinion poll released by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC).

MAC Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月), announced the results of the survey at a press conference, noting that 83.9 percent of respondents believed that maintaining positive bilateral exchanges was the shared responsibility of Taiwan and China, and that both should refrain from non-peaceful or intimidating words or deeds.

Eighty-three percent of participants said that faced with the new situation, China should adopt a new mindset, demonstrate goodwill and flexibility to jointly maintain bilateral peace and stability.

The survey also showed that 71.8 percent of those polled thought China should shed its current mindset in seeking cooperation, while 71.9 percent agreed with President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) that cross-strait relations cannot be unilaterally dictated by one side, with both needing to demonstrate goodwill to promote good cross-strait relations.

On Taiwan's exclusion from the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, 70.7 percent supported the government's expression of strong dissatisfaction and protests, while 81.7 percent said China's obstruction is not conducive to good cross-strait relations.

The survey was conducted from May 15-17 by Taiwan Real Survey Company at the commission of the MAC. A total of 1,071 effective samples were collected with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percentage points.

(By Miao Tsung-han and Lilian Wu)

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