MAC calls for peaceful resolution of cross-strait differences

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-02-08

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Wednesday that Taiwan and Mainland China should seek a peaceful resolution to cross-strait issues.

The MAC statement comes after a report in Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun stating that senior officials in Beijing are considering an amendment to China’s Anti-Secession Law. The revision, according to the newspaper, will give Beijing the option of using force against Taiwan if it allows a foreign government to interfere in cross-strait ties.

The MAC has declined to comment on the Japanese news article, but says that Taiwan’s stance has always been to maintain its democracy and the cross-strait status quo. The office says that threats are not helpful to the peaceful cross-strait interaction.

The MAC says that both sides share a responsibility to ensure the peaceful development of cross-strait ties and the well-being of people across the Taiwan Strait. It also says both sides should work together to resolve differences through dialogue and use forward thinking to find areas where both sides can cooperate.

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