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Mainland stresses common political foundation for peaceful cross-Straits development

Updated: Aug 21,2017 9:02 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The Chinese mainland is willing to maintain communication and increase dialogue with the Kuomintang (KMT) party to jointly safeguard peace across the Taiwan Strait, a mainland spokesperson said on Aug 20.

Wu Den-yih assumed office as chairman of the Taiwan-based KMT party at its twentieth party congress on Aug 20, which adopted a new policy platform.

In response to the policy platform that touches on the cross-Straits relations, An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said, “We are willing to uphold the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations as well as the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait with the KMT party on the basis of adhering to the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle, and opposing ‘Taiwan independence.’”

An said that the cross-Straits relationship is facing complicated and serious situations at present.

An said that leaders of the Communist Party of China and the KMT party issued in 2005 the “common aspirations and prospects of cross-Straits peace and development,” and confirmed the adherence to the 1992 Consensus and the opposition to “Taiwan independence” as the common political foundation.

On such foundation, the two parties had enhanced communication and interaction, promoted the peaceful development of the cross-Straits relations, and improved the well-being of the people on both sides of the strait, An said.

On Aug 20, Wu Den-yih also said the KMT would continue to firmly oppose “Taiwan independence,” comply with the 1992 Consensus, carry forward the Chinese traditional and goodwill culture, and promote mutual respect and tolerance between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan.