Taiwan premier tells China "no more political conditions"

Taiwan's national sovereignty and dignity should not be compromised for the sake of concessions from China, Taiwanese Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday, two days after opposition officials bypassed the government and met with Chinese officials in Beijing.

"We want to have a friendly exchange across the Taiwan Strait," Lin told reporters on the sidelines of a parliamentary meeting. "But no additional political conditions should be set for good relations." 

A group of Taiwanese opposition officials from the pro-China Kuomintang party (KMT) on Sunday met with Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of China's top political advisory body, in Beijing.

The Taiwanese delegation included officials from eight KMT-led jurisdictions.

Yu praised the Taiwanese delegation's efforts to adhere to the political foundation of the One China principle, promote cross-Strait exchanges at county and city level, and maintain the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, "even against the backdrop of big changes in the situation," according to China's Xinhua news agency.

After the meeting, Beijing announced new measures aimed at promoting business and agricultural exchanges with the eight jurisdictions including New Taipei City and other agricultural counties, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.

In late June, China halted communications with the island, which Beijing considers a province, after President Tsai Ing-wen and her independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party refused to endorse the One China principle.

The principle originated at a 1992 meeting in Hong Kong when the two sides agreed that there is only one China, but each left the other to decide for itself exactly what this meant.

Last update: Tue, 20/09/2016 - 09:47

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