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Majority support new approach to cross-strait interactions: poll

2017/11/03 20:53:33

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Taipei, Nov. 3 (CNA) A Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) poll has found that nearly 90 percent of respondents support the idea of leaders in Taiwan and China finding new ways to interact, according to a MAC press release Friday.

The survey found that 88.6 percent of respondents felt such an approach could lay the foundation for cross-strait peace and stability in the wake of recent changes in relations between Taiwan and China.

It was found that 81.8 percent of respondents supported efforts by the Taiwan government to uphold national sovereignty and well-being of the nation, while seeking to promote peace and stability across the strait, according to the survey.

Meanwhile 84.9 percent supported the idea that the future of Taiwan and cross-strait relations should be determined by the 23 million people of Taiwan, the survey pointed out.

The survey also found that 73.9 percent of respondents wanted China to accept the sovereignty of the Republic of China (Taiwan) while 64.2 percent felt that for cross-strait relations to improve China must be more open to Taiwan-China exchanges and stop conducting threatening military exercises.

A total of 78.2 percent of respondents thought that both Taiwan and China should cherish the goodwill accumulated over 30 years of exchanges, according to the survey.

The survey, which collected 1,077 valid samples across Taiwan from October 27-31, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points

(By Miao Zong-han and William Yen)