China official threatens worst-case scenario if Taiwan amends law

Taiwanese lawmakers propose removing wording in an act guiding Taiwan-China relations to line up with reality

 Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/09
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — China's Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) warned Taiwan "not to underestimate the strong will and determination of China's 1.4 billion people to maintain sovereignty and territory intact" at a media briefing on Saturday (May 9).

Ma made the comment after Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers proposed removal of some words in the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area to line up with reality.

The proposed amendment, led by DPP lawmaker Tsai Yi-yu (蔡易餘), wants to delete "before national unification" along with several other wordings. These are said to be the product of a mutual misconception between the Chinese Communist Party and Taiwan's Nationalist Party at the time it was implemented in 1992 that both sides will one day reunify.

The wording does not conform to today's political reality that Taiwan is an independent and normal nation by the definition of international law. Though China sees otherwise.

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