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Siew stresses 'no changes' in Taiwan-China ties during Xi meeting

2014/11/09 19:00:30

Beijing, Nov. 9 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew told Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday that both Taiwan and China should make sure there will be no changes in the "1992 consensus" and two other principles in pushing ahead with the development of cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

Siew, who is attending the leaders' meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum as the proxy of President Ma Ying-jeou, made the remarks in a meeting with Xi at the Great Hall of the People on the sidelines of the regional economic group's annual summit, taking place this year in Beijing.

Siew said that the insistence on promoting peaceful development of cross-strait ties and systematically forging economic cooperation between Taiwan and China should not be changed.

The "1992 consensus," which has served as the foundation for the development of cross-ties under the ruling Kuomintang's administration, refers to a tacit understanding reached between the two sides that "there is only one China, with each side free to interpret the meaning of one China."

Xi said that although both sides have seen some results and advances in the peaceful development of cross-straits ties over the past one year and more, they have also encountered some new problems.

Xi, who is also the general secretary of the Communist Party of China, said the two sides should try to maintain long-term and healthy development of ties by "enhancing confidence, increasing mutual trust, respecting each other and interacting positively."

It was the first high-level meeting between Taiwan and China since Ma voiced his open support for the "Occupy Central" movement in Hong Kong that began last month, seeking true democracy in the former British colony, which has raised Beijing's ire.

The meeting was also attended by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council head Wang Yu-chi in his capacity as Siew's advisor and several Taiwanese entrepreneurs, as well as China State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Taiwan Affairs Office head Zhang Zhijun. (By Chou Hui-ying and Bear Lee)