Poll shows majority in Taiwan back benign cross-strait exchanges

Taiwan Today
Date: January 20, 2017

The great majority of people in Taiwan support benign exchanges between Taipei and Beijing and urge

The latest MAC poll shows that the majority of people in Taiwan support benign cross-strait exchanges. (Courtesy of MAC)

the two sides of the Taiwan Strait to reinstate dialogue and reciprocal official visits, according to the results of a poll released Jan. 19 by the Mainland Affairs Council.

A total of 86.2 percent of respondents said the rights and well-being of the people of Taiwan and mainland China should take priority when it comes to cross-strait engagement, while 83.1 percent believe political considerations should have no role in any such dealings.

Around 80 percent said the two sides share a responsibility to maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, with upgraded oversight of arrangements governing people-to-people exchanges seen as helping maintain order in cross-strait interactions.

Concerning Taiwan’s international participation and cross-strait security, 83.4 percent said mainland China should not interfere in this regard. A total of 73.6 percent perceive tension and pressure caused by Beijing as not auguring well for the positive long-term development of cross-strait relations.    [FULL  STORY]

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