Taiwan’s top China policy-making body, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), says the government will not bow to pressure from China. MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng made the statement Monday.
Chiu was responding to Beijing’s repeated claim that “there is only one China and Taiwan is part of it.” He said Taiwan will not be coerced into accepting China’s unilateral interpretation of the political situation of the two sides.
“Beijing has repeatedly turned a blind eye to our friendliness, violently attacked our national dignity, and jeopardized Taiwan’s right to survival," said Chiu.
"Its attempts to coerce Taiwan into accepting the ‘one China’ principle have unilaterally changed the status quo of stability in the Taiwan Strait," he said. "This poses a serious challenge and hazard to the development of cross-strait ties and regional peace.”
Chiu also dismissed China’s plan to offer Taiwan preferential treatment as merely political propaganda.
“The measures that [China claims will] benefit Taiwan are just lip-service, and nothing substantial," said Chiu.
"China’s two-faced strategies are for political purposes, and they will only serve to widen the gap between the two sides," he said.
Chiu called on the public to take extra precautions before visiting China.