'Maintaining status quo' remains common denominator in Taiwan: CSPA

05/22/2018 09:04 PM
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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)

Taipei, May 22 (CNA)"Maintaining the status quo" is still the greatest common denominator among the Taiwanese people, Cross-Strait Policy Association (CSPA) Secretary-General Wang Chih-sheng (王智盛) said Tuesday.

That position has not changed despite China's recent incentives to lure Taiwanese investment and talent, Wang said at a forum held in Taipei to assess cross-strait relations during President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) first two years in office.

At the forum, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmaker Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆) said he would give Tsai a score of 80 percent for her steady and pragmatic approach to cross-strait relations.

Maintaining the status quo is without doubt the mainstream public opinion, and the president has done a splendid job of keeping pace with that trend, Lai said.

However, cross-strait stability also depends largely on Beijing, not just Taiwan, he said. China's military exercises and recent aircraft maneuvers around Taiwan have all been aimed at putting pressure on the Tsai administration, Lai said, adding that the president has dealt with it well.

Meanwhile, Wang said he supported Tsai and her DPP's refusal to endorse the so-called "1992 consensus," which he referred to as a vague and controversial term.

In her inaugural speech, Tsai said her government would conduct cross-strait affairs in accordance with the Republic of China Constitution and the Act Governing Relations between the People of Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, Wang noted.

He said it is Taiwan that is struggling to maintain the cross-strait status quo, while China is trying to disrupt cross-strait exchanges and upset the stable relations between the two sides.

(By Fan Cheng-hsiang and Ko Lin)


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