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New leadership in Beijing unlikely to change course on Taiwan: MAC

2012/05/21 21:19:34

Taipei, May 21 (CNA) China is expected to maintain its general approach to cross-Taiwan Strait policies when its fifth generation leader takes power, Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a report Monday.

The new Chinese leader is expected to follow Beijing's current mantra of "economics first, politics later" in talks with Taiwan and will put easier issues before the tough ones, the report said.

For its part, the MAC said Taiwan will maintain the cross-strait status quo of "no unification, no independence and no use of force."

Trade issues will be the priority in cross-strait exchanges, the council said, identifying one top priority as the completion of follow-up talks under the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA).

Democracy, freedom, human rights and civil society are also issues worthy of pursuing in future cross-strait exchanges, the MAC said.

(By Chai Sze-chia and Jamie Wang)