President urges Beijing to respect Taiwanese public opinion

The China Post
Date: May 20, 2017

TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday urged Beijing to “correctly understand” the meaning of last year’s presidential election in Taiwan and what she described as the “good will” demonstrated repeatedly by Taiwan over the past year.

“This is a new era, because the Taiwanese people say so,” said Tsai, who led her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party back to power with a vote share of 56 percent in the Jan. 16, 2016 poll, defeating her main rival Eric Chu (朱立倫) of the then-ruling Kuomintang, who garnered 31 percent.

“The old questions should be let go to give way to new ones. The new issue is how the leaders of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait can jointly maintain cross-strait peace and prosperity,” she said during a meeting with a delegation of overseas Chinese media representatives on the eve of her first anniversary in office.

She reiterated that maintaining the status quo of cross-strait relations is the policy followed by her administration and that the commitments she has made in this regard remain unchanged.    [FULL  STORY]

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