Taiwan reaffirms commitment to cross-strait stability

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Taipei, March 5 (CNA) Taiwan reaffirmed Monday its policy and stance on maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait and striving for regional peace.

Taiwan has never been the side to cause negative effects on cross-strait relations, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Monday, adding that maintaining peace and stability across the strait to safeguard people's wellbeing is the common responsibility and goal of the two sides of the strait.

Huang was responding to China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), who said earlier that day that the development of relations between the two sides of the strait has become more difficult and complicated this year.

China is facing more risks and challenges associated with its work toward Taiwan mainly because Taiwan is unwilling to recognize the 1992 consensus and due to greater foreign interference, according to Zhang.

The 1992 consensus was that both sides acknowledge there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means.

Huang said that the government has been devoted to maintaining peaceful cross-strait relations based on general public opinion and domestic consensus and has continued to extend goodwill to the other side of the strait, efforts that he said are well known in the international community.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has several times said that "our goodwill doesn't change, our promises don't change; we won't walk on the old path of confrontation, but we won't bow to pressure." This is the government's consistent principle for handling cross-strait issues, Huang added.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Evelyn Kao)

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