Tsai reiterates status quo, urges dialogue with Beijing

President Tsai Ing-wen (???) reiterated her pledge to maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations and called for mainland China to engage in dialogue with Taiwan during her first National Day address on Monday since assuming office on May 20.

"I once again reiterate the immovable position of the new government, and that is to establish a consistent, predictable and sustainable cross-strait relationship, and to maintain both Taiwan's democracy and the status quo of peace across the Taiwan Strait," Tsai said.

"Maintaining the status quo is the pledge I made to voters," she noted. "The new government will conduct cross-strait affairs in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of China, the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, and other relevant legislation. And we will spare no effort in maintaining mechanisms for dialogue and communication across the Taiwan Strait."

"Although cross-strait relations have seen certain ups and downs over the past few months, our position remains consistent and firm. Our pledges will not change and our goodwill will not change. But we will not bow to pressure and we will of course not revert to the old path of confrontation. This is our fundamental attitude toward maintaining the status quo, and it is based on the collective hope for peace across the Taiwan Strait."

The president urged the mainland Chinese authorities to face the reality that the Republic of China exists and that the people of Taiwan have an unshakable faith in its democratic system.

"The two sides of the strait should sit down and talk as soon as possible," Tsai stressed, "anything can be included for discussion, as long as it is conducive to the development of cross-strait peace and the welfare of people on both sides..."

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel