President Tsai Ing-wen may propose a new cross-strait policy in the second half of the year. That was the word from the head of the Taiwan Business Association in China, Kuo Shan-hui.
A lawmaker with the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) Lin Wei-Chou said that people are looking forward to this as society hopes to change the current zero-sum situation in cross-strait relations.
Interaction between Taiwan and China has largely stalled since Tsai took office last May. It's thought that Beijing is unhappy with Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which takes a more distant approach to the Chinese government.
Tsai has also opted not to recognize the 1992 Consensus, which had been the basis for cross-strait ties during the previous administration. Under that tacit agreement both sides agreed that there was one China, with each side reserving its own interpretation of what that meant.
Lin said that Taiwanese businesspeople really want cross-strait relations to improve. He said that would give them assurance as they invest in China. But he said he does not know what kind of new framework the Tsai administration can propose to work with China outside of the 1992 Consensus.
Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Wang Ding-yu also spoke on Monday about the cross-strait stalemate.
"If China can accept Taiwan's right to freedom of choice, and that peace in Taiwan is something that both sides cherish, then anything is possible," said Wang. "If these two cannot be achieved, then no president can do anything."
Wang said that Tsai may be waiting for the latter half of the year to make a proposal because that is when the political scene in the US, South Korea and China would be more clear.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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