Sep 05, 2017 Medical Comments Off on MAC survey shows majority support benign cross-strait ties
The majority of people in Taiwan are in favor of maintaining cross-strait peace and stability via benign exchanges between the two sides, according to poll results announced at the end of August by the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council.
Nearly 88 percent of those surveyed believe that both sides of the strait bear responsibility for fostering positive interactions. Expanding such exchanges is key to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the MAC said.
According to the poll, 75.2 percent of respondents oppose mainland China suppressing Taiwan and setting political preconditions on cross-strait exchanges. The council urged the other side to respect public opinion in Taiwan and promote diverse and benign cross-strait exchanges, adding that such measures would contribute to positive relations between the two sides.
The MAC said mainland China has acted to negatively affect cross-strait ties. The council added that the Republic of China (Taiwan) government has continuously sought to establish a healthy environment for exchanges as well as set up sound management regulations for equal, dignified, healthy and orderly cross-strait exchanges.
Included in the survey were questions regarding potential amendments to the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area that would forbid retired high-level officials and discharged military officers from traveling across the strait to take part in certain celebrations or military reviews. The proposed changes to the law also include penalties for violating said restrictions.
Over 75 percent of respondents agree that retired high-ranking ROC officials should not be allowed to participate in official celebrations or military reviews in mainland China. In addition, 65.8 percent said it was reasonable for the government to penalize former officials who illegally participate in political activities across the strait.
Conducted July 31 to Aug. 2 by New Taipei City-based Taiwan Real Survey Co., the telephone poll involved 1,079 adults above 20 years of age nationwide with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percent and a 95 percent confidence level.
Source: Taiwan Today