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Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 16:25

US urged to carefully handle Taiwan issue

By Xinhua
US urged to carefully handle Taiwan issue
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, Dec 30, 2015. (Photo / Xinhua)

BEIJING - China has urged the United States to uphold the one China policy and carefully handle the Taiwan issue.

During a press conference, Ma Xiaogaung, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office (SCTAO), reiterated the points made by SCTAO head Zhang Zhijun during a meeting with visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Jan 21.

Zhang told Blinken that cross-Strait peace and stability is facing challenges and uncertainties due to the current changes on the island.

The US should stick to the one China policy and the principles laid out in the three Sino-US joint communiques, respect the major concerns of China and properly handle issues relating to Taiwan, Ma quoted Zhang as saying.

Zhang also told Blinken that the mainland's Taiwan policy has been consistent and clear and will not be changed by the result of the election on the island.

Tsai Ing-wen, chair of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was elected the island's leader on Jan 16.

Zhang said peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, that the two sides have achieved by adhering to the 1992 Consensus and opposition to Taiwan independence over the years, should be cherished.

"We will continue to stick to 1992 Consensus, oppose Taiwan independence activities in any form and firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity."

Ma also stressed that supporters of Taiwan independence will find no room across the world.

It is not realistic for Taiwan to sever economic cooperation with the mainland to expand its so-called "international cooperation space" and "such a thinking goes against the international community observing one China policy," said Ma.

Ma also said the cross-Strait relations will face a serious setback if the 1992 Consensus is not the political foundation.

Ma made the remarks in response to the question whether a new hotline, between mainland and Taiwan chiefs of cross-Strait affairs, will be suspended after the island's leadership election on Jan 16.

The hotline, which was launched on Dec 30, aims to facilitate communication on important and urgent cross-Strait problems, allowing the chief officials to speak directly.

Cross-Strait relations have achieved progress thanks to the common ground of upholding the 1992 Consensus and opposition of "Taiwan independence," Ma said at a press conference.

If the two sides maintain this political foundation, the progress is safe, he stressed.

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