China urged to respect Taiwan's general election results - Focus Taiwan

China urged to respect Taiwan's general election results

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC,大陸委員會) has called on China to respect the results of Taiwan's presidential and legislative elections that concluded Saturday.

The election demonstrates the mature development of Taiwan's democratic development, the MAC said in a press release Saturday, adding that all sectors in Taiwan and China should respect the choices of Taiwanese voters and its democratic system and continue to promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations.

Cross-strait peace and prosperity conforms to the interest of Taiwan and China and "both sides have the responsibility" to maintain the status quo, the MAC said in a press release.

Over the past eight years, the government's promotion of good interactions between the two sides across the strait has contributed greatly to Taiwan's development on many fronts and gained international recognition, it said.

The MAC reiterated that it will continue to maintain and promote harmony and stability across the strait in the future based on the principles of equality and dignity and intensify cross-strait cooperation and exchanges.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Affairs Office of China's State Council said Saturday in response to the outcome of Taiwan's elections that China's policy toward Taiwan will not change because of the election results and that it will continue its adherence to the "1992 Consensus" and its opposition to Taiwan independence.

(By Yin Chun-chieh, Scarlett Chai and Evelyn Kao; click here for the full coverage of the elections.)


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