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Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 15:02

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

By Xinhua

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou wave to journalists prior to a meeting at Shangrila hotel in Singapore on Nov 7, 2015. (MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

BEIJING - A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island's recent leadership elections.

"Our fundamental policies toward Taiwan have always been clear and consistent," An Fengshan, of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, told reporters at a regular briefing.

"No matter which party or group, no matter what they have advocated in the past, as long as they are willing to recognize the 1992 Consensus and acknowledge the fact that both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan belong to one and the same China, we are willing to engage with them," An said.

His words came about a month after Tsai Ing-wen, candidate for Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), won the island's recent leadership elections, beating rival Kuomintang runner Eric Chu.

Tsai, who has so far been reluctant to state her position on the issue of Taiwanese independence, is expected to take office on May 20.

Asked how the Chinese mainland will interact with the new administration, An said it would continue to promote peaceful development of ties across the Taiwan Strait and protect peace and stability in the region, on the political basis of the 1992 Consensus and opposition to Taiwan independence.

"We resolutely oppose all forms of secessionist activities and will take measures to safeguard China's sovereign and territorial integrity," An added.

'OPEN TRICK'

An on Wednesday also criticized a Taiwan legislator's proposal that would remove portraits of Sun Yat-sen from schools and government buildings in the island, calling the bill by a DPP legislator an "open trick."

"Compatriots across the Taiwan Strait should be on high alert against such moves," said An.

Even in Taiwan such a proposal had been seen as a move for "desinification," aimed at severing ties between the mainland and Taiwan, and "sabotaging cross-Strait peace and stability as well as the status quo of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations," added An.

"As the forerunner of China's democratic revolution in modern times, Mr. Sun Yat-sen devoted his whole life to pursuing unification and revival of the Chinese nation," An said. "He deserves respect from all Chinese."

Born in 1866, Sun is known for his leading role during the 1911 Revolution, which overthrew the imperial Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and put an end to more than 2,000 years of feudal rule.

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