Tsai administration committed to cross-strait status quo: MAC

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Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正, CNA file photo)

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正, CNA file photo)

Taipei, Sept. 28 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) administration's stance on maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait has not changed and does not conflict with the views of the country's premier on the issue.

The Tsai administration is committed to its cross-strait policies, to peace and security in the region, and to the status quo across the strait, MAC Vice Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said at a regular press briefing.

He said the administration's position is not contradictory to that of Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), who said recently that he was both "pro-independence" and "pro-China, loving Taiwan."

The public should not read too much into that statement by Lai, Chiu said.

Chui said a key element of the cross-strait status quo is that "the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an independent, sovereign country, a fact that is indisputable and does not need to be reiterated."

It is up to the 23 million people of Taiwan to decide how cross-strait relations should develop, he said.

Meanwhile, China must accept the fact of Taiwan's existence and seek to break down any existing barriers by engaging in cross-strait communication and exchanges, Chui said.

(By Yang Sheng-ju and Kuan-lin Liu)

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