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Most Taiwanese blame Taiwan's WHA exclusion on Beijing: survey

2017/05/14 18:11:22

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) More than half the respondents to a recent poll in Taiwan believe China is responsible for Taiwan being excluded from this year's World Health Assembly (WHA), according to a survey released by the Taiwan Cross-strait Policy Association (TWCSPA, 兩岸 政策協會) on Sunday.

The survey found that 56.2 percent believe China is the main reason Taiwan has not been invited to attend the upcoming WHA meeting, whereas 29.8 percent said Taiwan's government should be held responsible.

In the survey, 67.7 percent of respondents expressed support for President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) new China policy underpinned by the "new situation, new test paper and new model" elements, while 22.1 percent disapproved of it.

The survey found that 55.9 percent of respondents support Tsai, compared to 38.5 percent who do not. However, only 40.8 percent said they were satisfied with Tsai's performance to date, while 54.8 percent were dissatisfied.

Meanwhile, 58.4 percent said China has been more uncooperative in cross-strait relations since Tsai's administration took office on May 20, 2016, whereas 23.7 percent consider Taiwan to have been the uncooperative party, the survey revealed.

In terms of the government's current China policy, 63.2 percent of respondents support it, while 23.1 percent are opposed.

The survey also found that 70 percent do not accept the 1992 consensus, compared with 21.5 percent who accept it.

The consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between China and Taiwan, which was then under a Kuomintang government, that there is only one China, with both sides free to interpret what that means.

In the face of efforts made by China to minimize Taiwan's diplomatic space, 71.9 percent of respondents said Taiwan should not accept China's insistence on the "one China principle" as a precondition for the 1992 consensus and 88.9 percent felt that the government should not spend a lot of money competing for diplomatic allies with Beijing, according to the survey.

In terms of WHA issues, 58.5 percent of respondents said Taiwan's government has proactively sought to participate in the annual conference of the WHA, the World Health Organization's (WHO) policy-making body, to be held in Geneva from May 22 to May 31. A total of 29 percent expressed the opposite view.

The survey also showed that 71.7 percent of those polled said Taiwan should not accept the "one China principle" on which the "1992 consensus" is based just to be allowed to attend the WHA, while 18.4 percent expressed the opposite opinion.

The survey was conducted from May 9-10, with 1,074 adult respondents in Taiwan. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percentage points.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao)