Mainland to further promote peaceful development of cross-Strait ties: Taiwan affairs chief

18:21, January 18, 2010      

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The mainland will strive to consolidate improved situations and steadily push forward peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait this year, said the Chinese mainland's Taiwan affairs chief Wang Yi Monday.

Wang, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, said in a statement that the mainland would constantly improve its capability to rein in complex situations, make its measures more pragmatic and effective, and make efforts to remove obstacles in developing cross-Strait ties.

"We should continue to push forward consultations by continuing the progressive method of tackling easy things first, difficult things later; and economic affairs first, political affairs later," said Wang, also director of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.

"We should accumulate consensus and create favorable conditions for solving difficult political issues in the future," he said.

Wang said the two sides should cherish hard-won improved relations and consolidate the foundation of mutual trust that was accumulated with the efforts of both sides.

Cross-Strait relations witnessed a series of breakthroughs last year, he said.

The two sides should stick to the spirit of "building mutual trust, laying aside disputes, seeking consensus and shelving differences, and creating a mutually beneficial situation" to promote ties, he said.

Fostering mutual trust was the most important factor, and the basis of mutual trust was opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus."

The key for deepening mutual trust was to foster common understanding and a unified stance on issues involving safeguarding the principle of one China, he said.

Source: Xinhua
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