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Majority in Taiwan support cross-strait status quo

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The majority of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait as confirmed in a survey released March 29 by the MAC. (UDN)

A total of 86.7 percent of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait, according to a survey released March 29 by the ROC Mainland Affairs Council.

The poll showed 81.9 percent support the government in continuing to promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations in accordance with the ROC Constitution and President Ma Ying-jeou’s principle of no unification, no independence and no use of force.

It also found that 72.7 percent do not agree with Beijing’s concept of one China, while 78.6 percent believe the development of cross-strait relations will benefit if mainland China squarely faces the reality that the two sides are under separate rule and respects the will of Taiwan’s people.

The MAC said that the government is committed to promoting institutionalized negotiations and official exchanges between the two sides based on the 1992 consensus of one China, with respective interpretations, which means that each side having its own interpretation of what this means.

Such efforts over the past eight years are supported in the survey’s findings: 87 percent prefer the government to continue to promote official exchanges and institutionalized negotiations. As for the pace of cross-strait exchanges, a total of 45.1 percent said it is appropriate: 21.5 percent considering it too fast and 21 percent, too slow.

When it comes to the ROC’s former diplomatic ally The Gambia, which resumed March 18 official ties with mainland China, 70.8 percent support the government in expressing strong discontent over the matter.

The telephone poll conducted March 18-22 nationwide, comprised 1,108 valid responses from citizens aged 20 and above at a confidence level of 95 percent and margin of error of plus or minus 2.94 percent. It was carried out on behalf of the MAC by Taipei City-based National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center. (YCH-JSM)

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Majority in Taiwan support cross-strait status quo

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The majority of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait as confirmed in a survey released March 29 by the MAC. (UDN)

A total of 86.7 percent of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait, according to a survey released March 29 by the ROC Mainland Affairs Council.

The poll showed 81.9 percent support the government in continuing to promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations in accordance with the ROC Constitution and President Ma Ying-jeou’s principle of no unification, no independence and no use of force.

It also found that 72.7 percent do not agree with Beijing’s concept of one China, while 78.6 percent believe the development of cross-strait relations will benefit if mainland China squarely faces the reality that the two sides are under separate rule and respects the will of Taiwan’s people.

The MAC said that the government is committed to promoting institutionalized negotiations and official exchanges between the two sides based on the 1992 consensus of one China, with respective interpretations, which means that each side having its own interpretation of what this means.

Such efforts over the past eight years are supported in the survey’s findings: 87 percent prefer the government to continue to promote official exchanges and institutionalized negotiations. As for the pace of cross-strait exchanges, a total of 45.1 percent said it is appropriate: 21.5 percent considering it too fast and 21 percent, too slow.

When it comes to the ROC’s former diplomatic ally The Gambia, which resumed March 18 official ties with mainland China, 70.8 percent support the government in expressing strong discontent over the matter.

The telephone poll conducted March 18-22 nationwide, comprised 1,108 valid responses from citizens aged 20 and above at a confidence level of 95 percent and margin of error of plus or minus 2.94 percent. It was carried out on behalf of the MAC by Taipei City-based National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center. (YCH-JSM)

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Majority in Taiwan support cross-strait status quo

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The majority of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait as confirmed in a survey released March 29 by the MAC. (UDN)

A total of 86.7 percent of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait, according to a survey released March 29 by the ROC Mainland Affairs Council.

The poll showed 81.9 percent support the government in continuing to promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations in accordance with the ROC Constitution and President Ma Ying-jeou’s principle of no unification, no independence and no use of force.

It also found that 72.7 percent do not agree with Beijing’s concept of one China, while 78.6 percent believe the development of cross-strait relations will benefit if mainland China squarely faces the reality that the two sides are under separate rule and respects the will of Taiwan’s people.

The MAC said that the government is committed to promoting institutionalized negotiations and official exchanges between the two sides based on the 1992 consensus of one China, with respective interpretations, which means that each side having its own interpretation of what this means.

Such efforts over the past eight years are supported in the survey’s findings: 87 percent prefer the government to continue to promote official exchanges and institutionalized negotiations. As for the pace of cross-strait exchanges, a total of 45.1 percent said it is appropriate: 21.5 percent considering it too fast and 21 percent, too slow.

When it comes to the ROC’s former diplomatic ally The Gambia, which resumed March 18 official ties with mainland China, 70.8 percent support the government in expressing strong discontent over the matter.

The telephone poll conducted March 18-22 nationwide, comprised 1,108 valid responses from citizens aged 20 and above at a confidence level of 95 percent and margin of error of plus or minus 2.94 percent. It was carried out on behalf of the MAC by Taipei City-based National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center. (YCH-JSM)

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Majority in Taiwan support cross-strait status quo

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The majority of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait as confirmed in a survey released March 29 by the MAC. (UDN)

A total of 86.7 percent of people in Taiwan prefer maintaining the status quo between the two sides of Taiwan Strait, according to a survey released March 29 by the ROC Mainland Affairs Council. The poll showed 81.9 percent support the government in continuing to promote the peaceful and stable development of cross-strait relations in accordance with the ROC Constitution and President Ma Ying-jeou’s principle of no unification, no independence and no use of force. It also found that 72.7 percent do not agree with Beijing’s concept of “one China,” while 78.6 percent believe the development of cross-strait relations will benefit if mainland China squarely faces the reality that the two sides are under separate rule and respects the will of Taiwan’s people. The MAC said that the government is committed to promoting institutionalized negotiations and official exchanges between the two sides based on the “1992 Consensus of one China, with respective interpretations.” The “1992 Consensus” is an agreement reached by Taiwan and the mainland in 1992 whereby both sides acknowledge the existence of “one China,” but maintain their own interpretation of what that means. Taiwan’s interpretation of “one China,” based on the ROC Constitution, means the Republic of China—not “two Chinas,” or “one China, one Taiwan,” or “Taiwan independence.” Such efforts over the past eight years are supported in the survey’s findings: 87 percent prefer the government to continue to promote official exchanges and institutionalized negotiations. As for the pace of cross-strait exchanges, 45.1 percent said it is appropriate with 21.5 percent of these considering it too fast and 21 percent, too slow. When it comes to the ROC’s former diplomatic ally The Gambia, which resumed March 18 official ties with mainland China, 70.8 percent support the government in expressing strong discontent over the matter. The telephone poll conducted March 18-22 nationwide, comprised 1,108 valid responses from citizens aged 20 and above at a confidence level of 95 percent and margin of error of plus or minus 2.94 percent. It was carried out on behalf of the MAC by Taipei City-based National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center. (YCH-JSM) Write to Taiwan Today at ttonline@mofa.gov.tw

Poll identifies key challenges for Tsai’s government

March 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Young people in Taiwan expect the incoming government to make real headway in tackling distributive justice challenges by the end of its four-year term in office. (CNA)

Pension reform, long-term care, high housing prices and taxation equity are the biggest policymaking challenges facing Taiwan’s incoming government, according to a recent poll conducted by Taipei City-based newspaper United Daily News.

The results reflect high public expectations of ROC President-elect Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party administration after taking office May 20. The DPP chairwoman’s campaign platform centered on distributive justice, among other policy priorities.

Taiwan’s pension crisis is an intergenerational concern and tops the list of concerns for those aged 20-29 and 30-49, the telephone poll involving 1,019 adults found.

The country’s four state-backed systems face serious challenges including insufficient funding, differing benefits for retirees and an unduly heavy contributor burden on future generations. ROC National Audit Office data forecast the systems face bankruptcy beginning 2019 if no action is taken.

Those aged 50 and above are primarily concerned about senior long-term care, with the majority favoring a national insurance system. The issue is a tough one given Taiwan’s rapidly aging population.

For the younger generation, skyrocketing housing prices are aggravating a deeply entrenched perception of social inequality. A total of 89 percent of respondents also identify Taiwan’s widening wealth gap as a serious problem.

More than a third of respondents believe Tsai’s administration cannot clear these hurdles without public involvement in policymaking. Opinion polls, referendums and greater data transparency are seen as vital to the process. Around 66 percent expect concrete results from the new government by the end of its four-year term in office.

A DPP spokesperson said all of the challenges are high on the party’s policy agenda, and Tsai has already proposed measures such as the pension sustainability plan and 10-year long-term care project mainly funded by tax revenues, with more details to be unveiled. (SFC-JSM)

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International media group makes 1st visit to Taiping

March 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of the first international media group to visit Taiping Island assemble for a group photo March 23 outside the ROC Coast Guard Administration Nansha Command Post. (MOFA)

The first visit to Taiping Island by an international media group took place March 23, and ROC President Ma Ying-jeou offered the same opportunity to the Philippines government.

Organized by the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foreign contingent included 12 journalists from global news outlets like Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, Kyodo News, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.

MOFA Deputy Minister Bruce J. D. Linghu, who led the group on its one-day trip, said Taiping Island is the largest naturally formed island in the Nansha chain and capable of fully sustaining its residents.

Ma said he formally invites the Philippines government to send representatives to tour the island in an effort to help the government of the Southeast Asian nation understand that Taiping Island is an island and not a rock, as it argues in an international tribunal. He also welcomes the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to perform a site visit.

“Taiping Island boasts human habitation, has an economic life and fully meets the definition of an island as laid out in Article 121 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Ma said while addressing the media group upon their return.

“The goal of the ROC government’s management of Taiping Island is to transform it into an island for peace and rescue operations, as well as an ecologically friendly and low-carbon island. We believe these efforts are well worth the attention of the international media.”

The journalists had lunch prepared from crops and poultry raised on a local farm while learning about Taiping Island’s rich history, as evidenced by a tombstone dating back to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The comprehensive tour also took them to a forest, post office, solar power facilities and Guanyin Temple built in the 1950s. In addition, they visited Nansha Hospital, which provided medical aid for ROC and foreign nationals in 23 cases between 2000 and 2015, and saw some of Taiping Island’s 14 free-roaming goats.

Linghu said the “ROC government has protected its legal rights with regard to Taiping Island by peaceful means, and is committed to its long-term policy of peaceful operations in the South China Sea.”

With an eye to promoting joint efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability, Linghu urged the international community to pay due attention to the South China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by Ma in May 2015, while including Taiwan in related multilateral talks.

The peace initiative promotes the sharing of resources while resolving disputes, Ma said, adding that the collaborative framework, as well as the ROC experience on Taiping Island, serves as a model for the South China Sea. (YHC-JSM)

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International media group makes 1st visit to Taiping

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Members of the first international media group to visit Taiping Island assemble for a group photo March 23 outside the ROC Coast Guard Administration Nansha Command Post. (MOFA)

The first visit to Taiping Island by an international media group took place March 23, and ROC President Ma Ying-jeou offered the same opportunity to the Philippines government.

Organized by the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foreign contingent included 12 journalists from global news outlets like Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, Kyodo News, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.

MOFA Deputy Minister Bruce J. D. Linghu, who led the group on its one-day trip, said Taiping Island is the largest naturally formed island in the Nansha chain and capable of fully sustaining its residents.

Ma said he formally invites the Philippines government to send representatives to tour the island in an effort to help the government of the Southeast Asian nation understand that Taiping Island is an island and not a rock, as it argues in an international tribunal. He also welcomes the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to perform a site visit.

“Taiping Island boasts human habitation, has an economic life and fully meets the definition of an island as laid out in Article 121 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Ma said while addressing the media group upon their return.

“The goal of the ROC government’s management of Taiping Island is to transform it into an island for peace and rescue operations, as well as an ecologically friendly and low-carbon island. We believe these efforts are well worth the attention of the international media.”

The journalists had lunch prepared from crops and poultry raised on a local farm while learning about Taiping Island’s rich history, as evidenced by a tombstone dating back to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The comprehensive tour also took them to a forest, post office, solar power facilities and Guanyin Temple built in the 1950s. In addition, they visited Nansha Hospital, which provided medical aid for ROC and foreign nationals in 23 cases between 2000 and 2015, and saw some of Taiping Island’s 14 free-roaming goats.

Linghu said the “ROC government has protected its legal rights with regard to Taiping Island by peaceful means, and is committed to its long-term policy of peaceful operations in the South China Sea.”

With an eye to promoting joint efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability, Linghu urged the international community to pay due attention to the South China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by Ma in May 2015, while including Taiwan in related multilateral talks.

The peace initiative promotes the sharing of resources while resolving disputes, Ma said, adding that the collaborative framework, as well as the ROC experience on Taiping Island, serves as a model for the South China Sea. (YHC-JSM)

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International media group makes 1st visit to Taiping

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Members of the first international media group to visit Taiping Island assemble for a group photo March 23 outside the ROC Coast Guard Administration Nansha Command Post. (MOFA)

The first visit to Taiping Island by an international media group took place March 23, and ROC President Ma Ying-jeou offered the same opportunity to the Philippines government.

Organized by the ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foreign contingent included 12 journalists from global news outlets like Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNN, Financial Times, Kyodo News, Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.

MOFA Deputy Minister Bruce J. D. Linghu, who led the group on its one-day trip, said Taiping Island is the largest naturally formed island in the Nansha chain and capable of fully sustaining its residents.

Ma said he formally invites the Philippines government to send representatives to tour the island in an effort to help the government of the Southeast Asian nation understand that Taiping Island is an island and not a rock, as it argues in an international tribunal. He also welcomes the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to perform a site visit.

“Taiping Island boasts human habitation, has an economic life and fully meets the definition of an island as laid out in Article 121 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Ma said while addressing the media group upon their return.

“The goal of the ROC government’s management of Taiping Island is to transform it into an island for peace and rescue operations, as well as an ecologically friendly and low-carbon island. We believe these efforts are well worth the attention of the international media.”

The journalists had lunch prepared from crops and poultry raised on a local farm while learning about Taiping Island’s rich history, as evidenced by a tombstone dating back to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). The comprehensive tour also took them to a forest, post office, solar power facilities and Guanyin Temple built in the 1950s. In addition, they visited Nansha Hospital, which provided medical aid for ROC and foreign nationals in 23 cases between 2000 and 2015, and saw some of Taiping Island’s 14 free-roaming goats.

Linghu said the “ROC government has protected its legal rights with regard to Taiping Island by peaceful means, and is committed to its long-term policy of peaceful operations in the South China Sea.”

With an eye to promoting joint efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability, Linghu urged the international community to pay due attention to the South China Sea Peace Initiative proposed by Ma in May 2015, while including Taiwan in related multilateral talks.

The peace initiative promotes the sharing of resources while resolving disputes, Ma said, adding that the collaborative framework, as well as the ROC experience on Taiping Island, serves as a model for the South China Sea. (YHC-JSM)

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Ma reaffirms ROC stance on Taiping Island

March 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

ROC President Ma Ying-jeou (center) fields questions about Taiping Island from members of the international media March 23 in Taipei City. (Staff photo/Jimmy Lin)

ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said March 23 that Taiping Island is an island from all perspectives, and claims by the Philippines government in an international arbitration tribunal that it is a rock are groundless and without merit.

“Taiping Island can sustain human habitation, has an economic life of its own and fully meets the definition of an island as laid out in Article 121 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” Ma said.

“In addition to 12 nautical miles of territorial waters, the ROC is entitled to claim a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone and a continental shelf.”

The president made the remarks while addressing members of the international media at ROC Air Force Songshan Base Command upon their return from a one-day trip to Taiping Island in the South China Sea arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to Ma, Taiping Island possesses rich natural resources such as fertile soil, fresh water and diverse flora and fauna, with documented history of human activity dating from centuries ago.

Taiping Island has been administered by the ROC since 1956, and recent efforts by the government developing it into an island for peace and rescue operations are in accordance with international norms and regulations.

“These efforts will not raise tensions, and the ROC experience on Taiping Island can be said to be a model for the South China Sea, well worth the attention of the international media,” Ma said.

In order to reaffirm these indisputable facts about Taiping Island’s legal status, Taipei City-based Chinese Society of International Law submitted an amicus curiae brief March 23 to the arbitration tribunal, rebutting the Philippines’ statements about Taiping Island.

The president also formally invited the Philippines government to send representatives to tour the island, and welcomes the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague to perform a site visit.

Ma said he proposed the South China Sea Peace Initiative in May 2015 as a solution to the gridlock in the region as it promotes the sharing of resources while resolving disputes.

“The East China Sea Peace Initiative I proposed in August 2012 is testament to the success of this cooperative approach,” he added. (SFC-JSM)

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Taiwan thanks Obama for Interpol bill support

March 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Taiwan’s bid for Interpol observer status is receiving staunch support from the U.S. executive and legislative branches. (CNA)

A bill boosting Taiwan’s participation in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) was signed into law March 18 by U.S. President Barack Obama, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“We are deeply grateful to the U.S. executive and legislative branches for their staunch support of Taiwan’s meaningful participation in Interpol,” the MOFA said in a statement.

The bill directs the U.S. secretary of state to develop a strategy within 90 days of its enactment assisting Taiwan to obtain Interpol observer status and take part in associated activities; instruct Interpol Washington to request such status for Taiwan; and urge Interpol members to back Taiwan’s bid and participation.

“These developments underscore the great importance Washington attaches to Taiwan’s expanded participation in international organizations,” the MOFA said. “Such long-term bipartisan support also shows that Taiwan-U.S. relations are at their best state in 37 years.” (YHC-JSM)

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