Sep 05, 2017 Business & Finance Comments Off on MAC minister calls for cross-strait talks
Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) Minister Katherine Chang says that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should hold talks without any preconditions.
Chang was speaking Tuesday at the opening of a youth seminar on cross-strait affairs.
Chang said that Taiwan cannot ignore mainland China, which is both the world's second-largest economy and geographically close. She said that five million Taiwanese people cross the strait each year for tourism, business, or visits to relatives. Meanwhile, 3.5 million mainlanders visit Taiwan each year.
Chang also said that while cross-strait tourism to Taiwan is down, China remains Taiwan's largest export market.
Chang said that the MAC remains committed to holding cross-strait talks without strings attached. However, she said, Beijing continues to insist that Taiwan recognize the so-called 1992 Consensus on "one China" before any talks can go ahead.
The Tsai Ing-wen administration does not acknowledge the consensus, which formed part of the previous government's cross-strait policy.
Despite the lack of agreement, Chang said the two sides should still sit down and communicate. Chang said the MAC remains committed to cross-strait peace and stability.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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