Taiwan depicts China as main source of instability in region

05/09/2021 05:37 PM
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Taipei, May 9 (CNA) The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top government agency handling China policy, said in a written report recently submitted to the Legislature that China is the main source of instability across the Taiwan Strait.

Reiterating the Taiwan government's consistent depiction of China as the bad actor in the region, the MAC accused China of double-dealing to coerce Taiwan into accepting Beijing's unilaterally imposed outcome for cross-Taiwan Strait relations.

It said Beijing has tried to shift blame for the cross-strait standoff to Taiwan and deliberately created tensions in the region while at the same time continuing its "united front" efforts to win over Taiwanese with economic incentives.

The united front strategy includes exploring a new integration and developmental path for China and Taiwan and attracting Taiwanese talent, technology, and capital to China through human interactions, emotional ties, and special incentives.

These tactics are designed to get Taiwan to submit to Beijing's will, which poses a threat to Taiwan's national security, said the MAC, which described Beijing as the root source of instability in the Taiwan Strait.

Seeing growing international support for Taiwan and greater attention on China's negative impact on regional security, Beijing recently warned the United States against crossing its "red line" on Taiwan's status, the report said.

The goal, according to the MAC, was to prevent the U.S. and the international community from engaging in cooperation with Taiwan.

According to the report, China has stressed that settlement of the Taiwan issue is one of its fundamental interests and any interference in the issue will not be tolerated.

Beijing has said it has no room for compromise on the Taiwan issue, and it has called on the U.S. to deal with the Taiwan problem prudently to avoid harming the U.S.-China relationship and peace and stability across the strait, the report said.

China has consistently insisted that only by returning to its definition of the "1992 consensus" based on the "one China" principle, will cross-strait peace and stability be achieved, the MAC said.

Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government has never accepted the "1992 consensus," because it sees it as implying that Taiwan is a part of China.

The so-called consensus was used by the previous Kuomintang (KMT) government from 2008 to 2016 as the basic formula to underpin Taiwan- China relations.

The KMT interpreted the consensus as the two sides agreeing there was only "one China," but with each side free to interpret what that meant.

In the report, the MAC called on China to face the reality across the Taiwan Strait, respect public opinion in Taiwan, and abandon its assertion of sovereignty claims over Taiwan and its military and diplomatic suppression of Taiwan.

It also urged Beijing to deal with cross-strait relations pragmatically, take the responsibility of promoting positive interaction with Taiwan and settle differences through communications and dialogue.

The MAC's report will be reviewed at a legislative committee hearing Monday.

The report was submitted after the latest issue of the Economist called Taiwan the "most dangerous place on earth" and said "America and China must work harder to avoid war over the future of Taiwan."

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Evelyn Kao)

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