Chinese official warns of risks to cross-strait ties in 2017

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/01
By: C.C. Yin and Evelyn Kao

Beijing, Jan. 1 (CNA) A senior Chinese official responsible for Taiwan affairs said on New Year’s Day that relations between Taiwan and China will remain rocky and complex over the coming year with plenty of uncertainty and potential risks.

The mainland will continue its adherence to the “1992 consensus” and its opposition to any efforts to achieve Taiwan independence in order to uphold the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Zhang Zhijun (張志軍), director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said in an interview with CCTV News.

China will also continue to promote cross-strait exchanges on various fronts to enhance the well-being of Taiwanese people, Chang said, adding that China is working on a slew of measures to benefit Taiwanese people studying, working, starting up businesses and living in the mainland.

“We believe people on the two sides of the strait have the ability and wisdom to overcome present difficulties and remove all obstacles to allow cross-strait relations to advance further,” he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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