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Taiwan will not cave in to Chinese harassment: MAC

2018/04/19 15:50:22

Taipei, April 19 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Thursday that the government will not yield to any military threat or other tactics employed by China to suppress or harass Taiwan.

In a press statement regarding China's military drill a day earlier, the MAC, Taiwan's top agency in charge of China policy, called China's actions a ploy to raise tension across the Taiwan Strait and the region.

During Tuesday's live-fire exercise, the Chinese People's Liberation Army conducted the drill in waters off Quanzhou in China's southeastern Fujian Province, with the MAC adding that it "purposely" deployed military aircraft near Taiwan.

The statement went on to say that China's actions were counterproductive to cross-strait relations and called for an abandonment of military threats and an acknowledgment of the two distinct political systems on either side of the Taiwan Strait in order to communicate and address existing tension.

Speaking to reporters, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) maintained the country's stance of protecting peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and insisted that dialogue is the key to resolving any discord between the two sides of the strait.

(By Miao Zhong-han, Elaine Hou and Kuan-lin Liu)