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Cross-strait issues lead debate

(Xinhua)

10:44, December 04, 2011

Cross-strait issues were highlighted in a televised debate yesterday in Taipei among three candidates for the January 14 leadership election in Taiwan.

Ma Ying-jeou, chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang party, and James Soong, chairman of People First Party, stressed adherence to the 1992 Consensus in order to maintain peaceful and cordial relations across the strait.

In November 1992, the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation acknowledged that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait adhere to the one-China principle."

Ma said the 1992 Consensus was "the best way" for the two sides to settle disputes and achieve a win-win situation.

"If the 1992 Consensus is not adhered to, cross-strait relations will be thrown into an uncertain state, or even regress," Ma said.

While acknowledging cross-strait relations have improved since 2005 with the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, Soong called for "common benefits for all."

He emphasized the need for peaceful relations as a precondition.

However, Tsai Ing-wen, who represents the island's major opposition Democratic Progressive Party, continued to deny the 1992 Consensus and said that a "Taiwan consensus" needs to be made before negotiating with the government of the Chinese mainland.

The three candidates also expressed their own views on judicial reform, finance and issues concerning people's livelihood.

The televised debate was held by the Taiwan Public Television Service and other local media.

Leadership debates will also be held on December 10 and December 17.

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