China to ward off surprises ahead of party congress: MAC

Taipei--China will continue its anti-Taiwan independence rhetoric and promote social and economic integration with Taiwan as part of its effort to prevent possible surprises ahead of a Communist Party congress in the fall, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Monday.

The view was part of a report delivered by MAC chief Chang Hsiao-yueh (???) to the Legislature's Internal Administration Committee on recent developments in cross-Taiwan Strait relations following a meeting by the American and Chinese presidents earlier this month.

Chang said China will continue the Taiwan policy it has followed since May 20, 2016 when President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office, insisting on its "one China" principle and avoiding surprises ahead of the CPC's 19th Congress, which will usher in Xi Jinping's second term as China's top leader.

With Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump agreeing to build four channels of dialogue on international security, economic cooperation, law enforcement and social development, uncertainty and the likelihood of conflicts between the two countries in those areas are expected to decrease, Chang said.

Beijing will likely make use of the dialogue mechanism to affect the U.S.'s position on Taiwan and even hurt U.S.-Taiwan relations, Chang contended.

As Trump has accepted Xi's invitation to visit China this year, Chang said the MAC will continue to closely watch developments in U.S.-China relations and the situation in East Asia.

In addition, China may also use its "One Belt, One Road" initiative and its status in the still-being-negotiated Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) to boost its influences in regional economic integration and global political and economic governance, according to Chang.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel