Focus Taiwan: China’s response to Tsai’s cross-strait proposals impractical: MAC

aipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Taipei said Wednesday that China’s reaffirmation of the “1992 consensus” earlier in the day in response to President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) proposal for positive cross-strait interactions was not in keeping with the democratic wishes of the Taiwan people.

In a statement, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said that the results of the Jan. 11 elections were a clear indication of the Taiwanese people’s rejection of the “one country, two systems” formula.

“Beijing’s wishful thinking and harsh suppression will not change that fact,” the MAC said.

It called on China to rationally consider Tsai’s proposal for “peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue” as the basis for cross-strait interactions, and to end its approach of manipulation, threat and suppression.

In Beijing’s first public response to her proposal, Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光), spokesman of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a press conference Wednesday that the “1992 consensus” must be adhered to as the basis of cross-strait relations.

At the press conference, Ma said Taiwan’s future lies in national reunification, and since Taiwanese are actually Chinese, Taiwan’s future should be decided by the Chinese people.

The Taiwan Affairs Office will continue to promote peaceful development of cross-strait relations under the policies laid out by China President Xi Jinping (習近平), which are “one country, two systems”, “peaceful unification” and the “one China” principle.

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