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Cabinet handling cross-strait issues in international context

2017/12/27 19:36:54

Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德)

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) The Cabinet manages cross-Taiwan Strait relations as an issue that extends beyond Taiwan and China to involve the international community, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said Wednesday.

How the evolution of cross-strait relations affects the international community is the context under which the Cabinet looks at the situation, Lai said.

He cited as an example drills recently conducted by Chinese military planes around Taiwan's airspace, saying that the practice has also elicited deep concern from the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Lai made the remarks at the Cabinet's year-end press conference in response to a reporter asking for his comment on recent developments in cross-strait relations, including an analysis by the Ministry of National Defense that China has the ability to cross the "first island chain" into the Western Pacific.

Lai said it is the remit of President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to set cross-strait policy.

He also said that the way the Cabinet handles cross-strait relations is also guided by the principles set by Tsai that "our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, we will not revert to the old path of confrontation, and we will not bow to pressure."

"Under the president's leadership, the Cabinet hopes to advance cross-strait relations toward stability and peace," Lai said.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)