China asks Taiwan to explain missile blunder

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/07/01
By: Yin Chun-chieh, Kao Chao-feng and Elaine Hou

Beijing, July 1 (CNA) China’s top official on Taiwan affairs said Friday that Taiwan should 4552117provide a “responsible” explanation for launching a missile accidentally into the Taiwan Strait earlier in the day, calling it a “serious” matter.

Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said the incident had “a serious impact,” coming at a time when Beijing has stressed the importance of maintaining the peaceful development of the cross-strait relations, with the “1992 consensus” as the political foundation.

“This requires Taiwan to provide a responsible explanation on what had happened,” Zhang said in response to reporters’ questions on the incident on the sidelines of an event promoting cross-strait student exchanges.

Asked if Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) had notified the the Taiwan Affairs Office of the incident, he replied that he “had no information.”     [FULL  STORY]

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