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'Taiwan's leader-elect must heed One-China policy'

By Agencies

'Taiwan's leader-elect must heed One-China policy'
Taiwan's leader-elect Tsai Ing-wen (center), from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), waves as she celebrates her victory after winning the elections in T aipei on Jan 15, 2016. (AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh)

BEIJING - Taiwan's leader-elect Tsai Ing-wen must respect the island's own constitution that upholds the concept of One China, China's foreign minister Wang Yi asserted during a visit to Washington.

The mainland has iterated its Taiwan policy since January's landslide win by Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan's elections.

Tsai has said she would maintain peace with the Chinese mainland, and mainland media have also noted her pledges to maintain the "status quo" with the Chinese mainland.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, a former head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said Tsai's election was a normal political process that did not come as too big a surprise.

"We do not care that much who is in power in the Taiwan region of China," Wang said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Thursday. His comments were carried on the centre's website.

"What we care about is, once someone has come into power, how he or she handles the cross-strait relationship, whether he or she will maintain the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, whether he or she will recommit to the political foundation of cross-strait relations, the one China principle," he said.

Wang said he hoped that, before Tsai assumes power in May, she would indicate that she wants to pursue the peaceful development of ties and accept the provision in Taiwan's own constitution that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China.

"It will be difficult to imagine that somebody elected on the basis of that constitution should try to do anything in violation of its own constitution," Wang said.

DPP spokesman Ruan Chao-hsiung said Wang's remarks were consistent with Tsai's position, which was to maintain the status quo under the island's constitutional framework.

"We hope to communicate with China in a more positive way in efforts to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait," Ruan said.

Wang said Taiwan's people wanted the peaceful development of ties, wanted mainland tourists and business relations, and wanted to live in a climate of peace.

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