Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yong says maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait has long been Premier William Lai’s China policy. Hsu was speaking Monday.
Hsu’s comment came a day after the premier told the local media that he is a “pragmatic Taiwan independence worker.” Lai said Taiwan is an independent sovereignty and that there is no need to declare Taiwan independence. Lai also said only Taiwan’s 23 million people can decide its future.
Hsu said Lai’s comments do not run counter to the government’s existing China policy, which is maintaining the status quo. Hsu reiterated that the Republic of China is an independent sovereignty. The Republic of China is Taiwan’s official name.