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Cross-strait policy is the responsibility of central government: Tsai

2018/11/27 22:09:33

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Nov. 27 (CNA) All matters pertaining to Taiwan's cross-strait policy remain under the authority of the central government, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Tuesday in response to Kaohsiung's plan to set up a new working platform to deal with China.

"It is still unclear how they plan to do it," Tsai told reporters after a meeting with Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁), who lost the mayoral race in the city, run by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for nearly 20 years, to the Kuomintang's Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) by more than 150,000 votes last Saturday.

During the election campaign, the mayor-elect said he agreed with the "1992 consensus" and that he would set up a cross-strait working group to promote bilateral trade once he takes office.

The consensus, reached by Taiwan and China in 1992, is a tacit agreement that there is only one China, with Taiwan and China free to interpret what that means. However, the ruling DPP has long refused to recognize this agreement and relations have soured since President Tsai came to power in May 2016.

There has always been an official agency responsible for the nation's cross-strait policies, Tsai said without further elaborating.

Asked about Han's comments, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) responded that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but declined to discuss the matter further.

(By Chen Chi-fong and Ko Lin)