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Most people support maintaining status quo in cross-strait ties: MAC

2013/10/31 21:48:43

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) Most people in Taiwan supported maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, the spokeswoman for the Mainland Affairs Council said Thursday, citing several surveys it released recently.

Wu Mei-hung, deputy MAC chief and spokeswoman, was speaking at a press conference after a recent survey showed that 71 percent of Taiwanese people supported Taiwan's independence from China.

Wu said these respondents should have been included as among those who do not support unification and those who support maintaining the status quo across the strait, which the government defines as meaning "no unification, no independence and no use of force."

According to a survey recently conducted by cable news channel TVBS in which people were asked about their position on cross-strait relations, 64 percent of the respondents supported maintaining the "status quo," 24 percent wanted independence and 7 percent supported unification with China.

However, according to the survey results, most respondents favored independence over unification with China if they were given the option of independence or unification. Seventy-one percent of the respondents supported independence and only 18 percent supported unification with China, according to the survey.

Wu nonetheless noted that judging by the 64 percent who expressed support for the "status quo," the 71 percent who opted for independence cannot be simply interpreted as supporting independence.

Wu said that according to several public opinion polls the MAC conducted routinely on independence and unification, about 80 percent of the respondents supported maintaining the status quo between the two sides, which was consistent with public opinion.

Therefore, the government should push forward Chinese policies based on mainstream public opinion, Wu said.

(By Scarlett Chai and Y.L. Kao)