KMT urges president to partner with opposition to solve problems

Taipei,  Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) expressed hope on Friday that in the new year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) will treat opposition parties as partners in solving problems.

The veteran political party made the statement following Tsai’s remarks when she addressed the cross-Taiwan Strait issue in her 2021 New Year Day’s speech.

In her speech, the president expressed willingness “to facilitate meaningful dialogue under the principles of parity and dignity as long as the Beijing authorities sincerely want to resolve differences and improve cross-strait relations.”

“When the pandemic is under control, we look forward to the gradual return of regular, orderly people-to-people exchanges across the strait to improve mutual understanding and reduce misunderstandings.

“My principles for dealing with cross-strait affairs have always been joint discussions, finding solutions and pragmatically solving problems,” Tsai said.

While commending Tsai for her pragmatic approach to cross-strait links, the KMT statement highlighted the part about “joint discussions and solutions,” asking the president show sincerity by seriously taking on board differing opinions.

The KMT urged Tsai to treat opposition parties as partners in solving problems, rather than frequently criticizing their cross-strait policies and using them as a pretext for switching focus whenever her administration was regarded as poor.

Hopefully, the KMT said, there will be a turning point in cross-strait relations this year, in which tension between the two sides can be lowered and dialogue restored.

Since Tsai of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party took power in 2016, the cross-strait links have cooled down from previous warm relations under the government run by Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of the KMT.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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