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Friday, May 20, 2016, 21:50

People's Daily stresses 1992 Consensus

By Xinhua

BEIJING - The flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC) urged Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen to develop peaceful cross-Strait ties and stop taking an ambiguous attitude toward the fundamental issue.

"We will not only listen to what she says, but also see what she will do," said the People's Daily in a commentary to be carried in its Saturday edition.

The commentary came after Taiwan's new leader, Tsai Ing-wen, took office on Friday morning.

The People's Daily asked whether she will bring cross-Strait ties closer, or push the two sides further apart, and whether she will follow the correct path of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, or push for "Taiwan independence" while claiming to "maintain the status quo."

A choice of different paths leads to different futures, and this choice involves the direct interests of the people on both sides of the Strait and the peace and stability of the region, the commentary added.

People on both sides of the Strait will wait and see how Taiwan authorities make this choice based on their actual deeds, the People's Daily said.

The commentary said although Tsai has stated she will continue to advance peaceful and stable growth of cross-Strait relations, she has deliberately avoided the core implications of the 1992 Consensus and has been ambiguous about the nature of cross-Strait relations.

On the essential question whether she will explicitly adhere to the political foundation of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, her answer sheet was "incomplete", said the commentary.

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