Cross-Strait affairs chiefs speak via hotline

BEIJING, Feb 05 (INP): Cross-Strait affairs chiefs from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan said Friday they will continue to implement the consensus reached at a meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou last year.

The remarks were made during a conversation on Friday morning between Zhang Zhijun, head of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, and Taiwan’s mainland affairs chief Andrew Hsia via a new hotline.

The two also exchanged views on current relations across the Taiwan Strait.
The two sides have maintained a peaceful and stable situation and seen achievements in the peaceful development of relations over the past eight years because both have adhered to the 1992 Consensus, Zhang said.

The 1992 Consensus with its core implication that “both sides belong to one China” makes it possible to maintain the status quo, he added.

“At present, cross-Strait relations are very sensitive and complex, with increasing uncertainty about the future,” Zhang noted.

He said cross-Strait affairs authorities on both sides have the responsibility for safeguarding the consensus and the peaceful development of cross-Strait ties, as well as consolidating achievements.

Zhang expressed his hope that both sides improve communication, control risk, and do more for the development of cross-Strait relations and people’s welfare.

The hotline was officially put into operation on Dec. 30 following an agreement made at the Xi-Ma meeting in Singapore on Nov. 7.  


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