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Singapore media did not say PM opposes Taiwan independence: MAC

2017/09/21 20:24:08

Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正)

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) quoted a Singaporean newspaper on Thursday to refute claims the city-state's prime minister opposes Taiwan independence.

MAC Vice Minister and spokesperson Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said to reporters during a regular briefing that contrary to Xinhua News Agency's reports, the Straits Times made no mention of Taiwan independence in its coverage of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) in Beijing on Wednesday.

All the Singapore-based newspaper wrote was that "PM Lee reaffirmed that Singapore has consistently abided by Singapore's 'One-China' policy and supports the peaceful development of cross-strait relations," with no mention of a stance on Taiwan's independence.

Chiu claimed that Xinhua News Agency, China's official press agency, embellished the report to make it appear Lee opposed Taiwan independence.

The vice minister further reiterated that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign country, a fact that no statement from China can change.

(By Miao Zong-han and Kuan-lin Liu)