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MAC: Ties with China still cold


Taiwan’s top body charting the nation’s China policy – the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) – has released a report that says China has strengthened anti-Taiwan-independence rhetoric, and is continuing to have negative interpretations of all political developments in Taiwan.


The paper was released ahead of the MAC’s scheduled report at the legislature’s committee on foreign affairs and national defense on Monday. MAC officials will be joined by defense, foreign affairs, and national security officials in addressing the affect that US President Donald Trump’s first months in office have had on East Asia, as well as responses to those changes.


The report says that Taiwan’s government is still seeking a constructive cross-strait relationship and stable ties with the United States, with an eye on safeguarding peaceful and stable development in the Taiwan Strait and the region as a whole.


The report also details how, since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May, Mainland China has placed political preconditions on cross-strait exchanges and consultations, limited personnel exchanges, and used preferential treatment as a way of exerting pressure on Taiwan’s government. It has also urged countries to reiterate the “one China” principle and to limit Taiwan’s international participation.