Cross-Strait Watch No. 1

Welcome to the first issue of our weekly overview of key events in cross-strait relations.

The News Lens
Date: 2016/06/17
By: Shuhei Omi

Speaking at a conference for Taiwan studies researchers on June 14, Association for Relations

Photo Credit: 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen

Photo Credit: 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen

Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) vice chairman Sun Yafu (孫亞夫) told the audience that while the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration will have substantial influence on cross-strait relations, China remains in control of the direction of developments between Beijing and Taipei.

Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesman An Fengshan (安峰山) told reporters on June 15 that any attempts by Taiwan to remove references to China from the Republic of China (ROC) constitution will only harm Taiwan. An said that any activities by “independence movements” will constitute public provocation and destabilize cross-strait relations. An added that the new DPP-led government is still “incoherent in its position” on cross-strait relations and must adopt a “One China” stance instead of independence or one country on each side. (See The News Lens International’s editorial on An’s presser.)    [FULL  STORY]

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