Taiwan Affairs Office of China praises the KMT chairperson contestants' for safeguarding righteous perspective on national identity.
Presenter: Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Zhu Fenglian spoke about the KMT chairperson election, saying all four candidates have positive outlooks on cross-strait relations, which may pave the way for cross-strait exchanges. KMT Chairperson-elect Eric Chu reiterated that he wants to reestablish cross-strait communication channels.
One day after Eric Chu won the Kuomintang chairperson election, he received a congratulatory message from Chinese leader Xi Jinping. In the message, Xi reiterated the 1992 Consensus and opposition to Taiwan independence and mentioned working together for the unification for the first time. Chu’s response also included the 1992 Consensus and opposition to Taiwan independence, as well as seeking consensus while respecting differences. In a press conference, Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Zhu Fenglian praised the KMT.
Zhu Fenglian, Spokesperson, Taiwan Affairs Office:”During this Chinese Kuomintang chairperson election, (the candidates) expressed that compatriots on both sides of the strait belong to the Chinese people. They want to uphold China and oppose Taiwan independence, restart cross-strait dialogue based on cross-strait consensus as quickly as possible, resume cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, and maintain peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We express our appreciation.”
It remains to be seen whether the KMT and Chinese Communist Party will start working to resume exchanges. Chu is currently traveling around Taiwan to thank voters. He visited the Yilan County Council before returning to Taipei. When asked about cross-strait affairs, he said communication channels and an exchange platform need to be reinstated.
Eric Chu, Kuomintang Chairperson-elect:”Our most important objective is reinstating a platform for cross-strait dialogue and channels for communication. We will start with six main types of social exchanges, which are city exchanges, religious exchanges, cultural exchanges, academic exchanges, sports exchanges, and trade exchanges. Once we start having these exchanges, I think we will see cross-strait goodwill and peace gradually improve.”
In a Facebook post, Chu criticized President Tsai Ing-wen, reminding her that she once said during her time as Mainland Affairs Council minister that Taiwan has no space or possibility of avoiding one China. The MAC decided to respond to the online post, saying Tsai’s cross-strait policy is clear and consistent, and the opposition party is deliberately quoting her out of context and distorting her words. It went on to urge no unrealistic delusions about authoritarian regimes. China recently banned imports of Taiwanese sugar apples and wax apples. Zhu said China Customs repeatedly notified Taiwan that its fruit imports were substandard and urged Taiwan to strengthen controls at points of origin, but no improvements were made. She also urged Taiwan to stop its political manipulation.