Beijing should show more goodwill, says premier

Premier Lin Chuan said Tuesday that he hopes Beijing would show more goodwill when dealing with Taiwan.

Lin's remarks came after senior officials in Beijing reiterated their stance on relations with Taiwan at the annual National People's Congress. China's premier, Li Keqiang, said China is firm on maintaining the One-China policy and the 1992 Consensus. The head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Zhang Zhijun, also said unification can be the only end point for cross-strait relations.

Premier Lin Chuan said in response that more goodwill is to be hoped for from Beijing in their handling of cross-strait relations. Mainland Affairs Council chief Katharine Chang also said the statements from Beijing were inappropriate and unhelpful to cross-strait relations moving forward.

The 1992 Consensus refers to a tacit agreement on one China, with separate interpretations. President Tsai Ing-wen has declined to recognize the consensus since she took office in May last year. Beijing has responded by cutting off cross-strait dialogue in a boycott of the Tsai administration.

Source: Radio Taiwan International