Tsai urges Beijing to remove political interference in business

President Tsai Ing-wen on Sunday called on Beijing to lift political interference in cross-strait business interests.

Tsai's remarks came in a speech at a Lunar New Year celebration in Taipei for Taiwanese businesses operating in China. The event was sponsored by the Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official organization that oversees cross-strait exchanges in the absence of official ties. The economics minister and the head of the government's China policy-making body the Mainland Affairs Council were both in attendance, along with many top industry leaders.

During her speech, President Tsai called on the authorities in Beijing to deal with the operational concerns faced by Taiwanese businesses in China. She said that those businesses are most concerned about cross-strait relations and the shifting changes within the international community. She also said the government was willing to show the utmost of good will and engage in sincere dialogue with Beijing.

Tsai said there are mutual benefits for both China and Taiwan in the areas of trade and regional development. Therefore, she said, it is necessary for the two sides to come up with a new model of cross-strait interaction in order to fulfill the regional hope of peaceful development.

Cross-strait interaction has largely stalled since Tsai took office last May. It's thought that Beijing is unhappy with Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which takes a more distant approach to the Chinese government.

Source: Radio Taiwan International