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Mainland Affairs Council

IV. Mainland's Taiwan Policy and Work

2014

January 15, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated during a regular press conference that, in the new year, the Mainland would implement the overall planning of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China related to Taiwan work, promote comprehensive development of cross-strait relations, and endeavor to make new progress in every field of cross-strait exchanges and cooperation. The Mainland hopes for the Cross-Strait Agreement on Trade in Services to soon come into effect and for the establishment of reciprocal institutions to be soon realized. The Spokesperson also noted that cross-strait negotiations are jointly arranged by the non-governmental organizations authorized by the two sides through consultations on an equal footing. The consistent position on cross-strait exchanges is that we are willing to extensively engage with people from all sectors in Taiwan who endorse and support peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The Spokesperson also reiterated that matters involving the participation of Taiwanese in the APEC informal leaders' meeting should be handled according to the relevant APEC memoranda of understanding. The Mainland also hopes for Taiwan to take the signing of the cross-strait agreement on cultural exchange into serious consideration and also to put it into effect as soon as possible.

January 24, 2014
At the 2014 Working Conference on Taiwan Affairs, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Yu Zhengsheng emphasized that Taiwan-related work must be considered and planned from the high vantage of achieving the great rejuvenation of the Chinese ethnic group, must continue endeavors to maintain the correct course and forward momentum of cross-strait relations, and must constantly solidify and deepen political, economic, cultural and social foundations for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations in order to create more favorable conditions for the realization of peaceful reunification. In the new year, the two sides should continue to enhance cross-strait political mutual trust and positive interactions, deepen various foundations for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, continue to promote cross-strait consultations and negotiations, strengthen the overall design of cross-strait economic cooperation, expand and deepen exchanges of culture, education, technology and other areas, and continue to support and promote political dialogue between non-governmental sectors on both sides.

January 25, 2014
During a dinner with Taiwanese reporters stationed in Beijing, Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office expressed hope for the two sides to continuously consolidate and deepen mutual political trust, jointly uphold "the one-China framework," stand firm on the position towards Taiwan independence. This is the first year of the Mainland's comprehensive deepening of reforms in the economic field. The Mainland hopes for the dividends of the reforms to benefit Taiwan's industries and people and thus provide good opportunities for Taiwanese businesses to develop. Looking ahead this year, the Mainland hopes for the two sides to sign agreements on the avoidance of double taxation, seismological and meteorological cooperation, and trade in goods. Regarding the mutual establishment of institutions across the Taiwan Strait, Director Zhang noted that though some issues remain, they will gradually be resolved.

January 27, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a Lunar New Year message that the Mainland will adhere to the principle of "one family across the Strait," continue to maintain the good momentum for peaceful development of cross-strait relations, raise the level of cross-strait economic cooperation, provide convenient conditions to expand contacts and deepen exchanges between compatriots on both sides of the Strait, and adopt measures to advance the welfare of compatriots on both sides.

January 27, 2014
In a Lunar New Year's message published in the first 2014 issue of "Relations Across Taiwan Straits" magazine, Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun expressed hope that the two sides would continue to focus on consolidating and enhancing mutual political trust and maintaining the one-China framework; strengthen policy communication and coordination and upgrade the level of economic cooperation; advance consultations and negotiations between the SEF and the ARATS and achieve more results beneficial to the people; and expand friendly exchanges in all sectors to strengthen affinity between compatriots on both sides of the Strait and work together to make a beautiful Chinese homeland.

January 27, 2014
In a New Year's greeting published in the first 2014 issue of "Relations Across Taiwan Straits" magazine, ARATS Chairman Chen Deming stated that the Cross-Strait Agreement on Trade in Services is a major initiative to liberalize the trade in services market based on the ECFA early harvest list. The Mainland hopes that the agreement will come into effect as soon as possible to provide a good climate and a positive model for follow-up discussions on trade in goods. In addition, the Mainland will continue to accelerate negotiations on ECFA follow-up issues of trade in goods and dispute settlement mechanisms to promote cross-strait economic integration. It will also actively advance the mutual establishment of general institutions of the SEF and the ARATS and push forward the promotion of cross-strait exchange and cooperation so as to strengthen contacts with various sectors of Taiwan society, and together safeguard and promote peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

January 28, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang announced in Beijing that after communication and consultations by cross-strait competent authorities on the two sides, the head of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, Wang Yu-chi, will lead a delegation to Nanjing and Shanghai from February 11 to 14. Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun will then meet with Wang Yu-chi to exchange views on issues related to cross-strait relations.

February 11, 2014
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) stated during a formal meeting in Nanjing with MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi that imagination would be required to resolve some difficult issues in the development of cross-strait relations. Cross-strait relations cannot be reversed. He also stressed that the two sides should continue to promote cross-strait relations on the basis of adhering to the "1992 Consensus." The normalized communication and liaison mechanisms established between the TAO and the MAC will help both sides to strengthen communication, increase understanding, and promote the appropriate handling and resolution of prominent problems encountered in the course of cross-strait exchanges. However, this mechanism will not replace the functions of SEF-ARATS negotiation on routine affairs and agreement signing, nor will it change the liaison and communication methods of the other competent operational units of the two sides.

February 17, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing stated at a regular news conference that the first meeting between the heads of cross-strait competent authorities is an important step in promoting the development of meetings between the two sides. The meeting was held on a common political foundation and rooted in the spirit of mutual respect, seeking common ground while putting aside differences and positive interaction. The meeting focused on the timely and proper handling of prominent issues encountered in the course of cross-strait exchanges. As for politically sensitive issues between the two sides, such matters should be resolved through political dialogues and negotiations. Furthermore, the Mainland has always taken a positive and open attitude towards a meeting between the leaders of the two sides. As for a meeting at APEC, it should be handled according to the relevant stipulations of the APEC memorandum of understanding.

February 18, 2014
During a meeting with KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan in Beijing, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping expressed hope that the two sides would promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations in keeping with the principle of "one family across the Strait." The two sides of the Taiwan Strait both belong to one country and are one ethnic group. This has never changed and cannot be changed. The Mainland respects the social system and way of life chosen by Taiwan compatriots. It is also willing to share with Taiwan compatriots the development opportunities in the Mainland. The two sides must consolidate and adhere to the common basis of the "1992 consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence," as well as deepen and uphold the joint acknowledgement of the one-China framework. The meeting between the heads of the competent authorities for cross-strait affairs on the two sides achieved a positive consensus and has positive significance in promoting the comprehensive development of cross-strait relations. Furthermore, the Mainland is willing, under the one China framework, to hold equal negotiations with the Taiwan side on the issue of long-standing political differences and make sensible and reasonable arrangements.

February 19, 2014
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated at a symposium in Beijing attended by persons of various sectors from both sides of the Strait that enhancing mutual political trust and consolidating a common basis are the keys to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. As long as the two sides maintain and deepen joint acknowledgement of the one-China framework on the basis of opposing "Taiwan independence" and adhering to the "1992 Consensus," cross-strait relations will advance steadily and far. The two sides should continue to deepen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, promote consultations on related issues, and develop the active role of the liaison and communication mechanism between the competent authorities for cross-strait affairs on the two sides to enable more people on both sides, especially at the grassroots level, to participate in cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, and strengthen the foundation for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

February 21, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated during an interview with a Xinhua News Agency reporter in Beijing that "one family across the Strait" mainly reflects a concern for the sincere emotion and clear understanding in taking good care of Taiwan compatriots. Cross-strait relations have gone from the start-up stage to a new stage of consolidation and deepening. More challenges will be faced and political issues can not be avoided and will require greater courage and confidence by the two sides to resolve. Furthermore, compatriots on both sides should support each other, jointly participate in the process of national rejuvenation, link the Chinese Dream and the dream of Taiwan compatriots, and make this the main theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations. At this time, maintaining the peaceful and stable environment for development, supporting the advancement of cross-strait consultations and negotiations, deepening exchanges and cooperation, and maintaining the right direction of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, are supports of the realization of the Chinese Dream.

February 26, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular news conference that the implementations of the cross-strait agreements should be viewed from a perspective of mutual benefit and comprehensive objectivity . If people from all sectors on both sides can embrace this attitude, the cross-strait agreements will be implemented even better. The matter of a meeting between the leaders of the two sides is a cross-strait affair and does not require the support of an international forum. The two sides can and deserve to use their imagination. Furthermore, on strengthening cross-strait cooperation in the waters of the East China Sea and South China Sea, the Mainland hopes the two sides can work together to safeguard the inheritance left by their ancestors.

March 3, 2014
Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Yu Zhengsheng stated in a work report at the opening of the Second Session of the 12th CPPCC National Committee that the important concept of peaceful development of cross-strait relations should be fully realized. Exchange visits between CPPCC members and Taiwan legislators should be arranged and friendly contacts with social organizations and groups in Taiwan should be strengthened to vigorously advocate the principle of "one family across the Strait."

March 5, 2014
PRC Premier Li Keqiang stated in a Government Work Report at the Second Session of the 12th National People's Congress that the Mainland would fully realize its major Taiwan work policies, adhere to the "1992 Consensus," uphold the "one China" framework, consolidate and enhance mutual political trust across the Taiwan Strait, promote economic integration, advance exchanges and cooperation, develop consultations and negotiations, and uphold the principle of "one family across the Strait" to contribute to the development of a beautiful Chinese homeland and realization of a peaceful reunification of the motherland.

March 5, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the plenary meeting of the Taiwan delegation at the Second Session of the 12th National People's Congress that this year's Taiwan-related work would continue to focus on consolidation of a political foundation for peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and fulfill the policy of placing hopes on the Taiwan people. The Mainland will continue to deepen cross-strait economic exchanges and cooperation and expand the common interests of the two sides. Meanwhile it will also continue to promote consultations and negotiations between the two sides and strive to complete ECFA follow-up negotiations within this year.

March 5, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a media interview during the Second Session of the 12th National People's Congress that the Mainland has always held a positive and open attitude towards a meeting between the leaders on the two sides. As for the occasion of the meeting, an international forum is unnecessary. Regarding the establishment of a cross-strait military mutual trust mechanism, the two sides have long had some political differences. The Mainland advocates that both sides should, within the "one China" framework, hold consultations on an equal footing to make reasonable arrangements.

March 8, 2014
Member of the CPPCC Standing Committee and ARATS Chairman Chen Deming stated during an interview in Beijing with China News Service reporters that the Mainland will seek to complete the negotiation and signing of ECFA follow-up agreements within this year, including pacts on the trade in goods and dispute settlement mechanisms. It will also promptly promote the establishment of reciprocal institutions between the SEF and the ARATS. The next step will be to promote the negotiation and signing of cross-strait agreements on civil aviation flight standards and airworthiness cooperation, as well as a framework agreement for cross-strait cooperation on environmental protection. Furthermore, while promoting cross-strait cooperation in economic and other areas, the Mainland will, under the “1992 consensus" and "one China framework," respect the social system and way of life chosen by Taiwan compatriots. The Mainland is also willing to share its development opportunities with Taiwan compatriots.

March 26, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that, with respect to the dispute over the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, the various stages in the development of cross-strait economic cooperation over the past more than 20 years have contributed in varying degree to cross-strait economic development and public well-being. Looking to the future, all agree that "peace benefits both sides, while division harms both sides." None of the compatriots on either side of the Strait wish to see the progress of cross-strait economic cooperation obstructed. The Trade in Services Agreement is an economic pact that is part of the overall progress of economic liberalization, globalization, and regional economic integration; neither side may sidestep this matter. Moreover, cross-strait economic development can bring about practical effects that benefit and complement each other. The societies on both sides should jointly cherish and maintain the current hard-won peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The Spokesperson also stated that the Mainland's guiding policies on Taiwan enjoy a high level of public support in the Mainland. The policies originate from the feelings of "one family across the Strait" and aim to promote peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and realize mutual benefits and win-win solutions on both sides. It is hoped that the Taiwan society may fully understand the feelings of the Mainland people.

April 10, 2014
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China, Premier Li Keqiang stated during a meeting with Honorary Chairman of the Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation Vincent Siew and the delegation attending the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2014 that the two sides should continuously expand and deepen cross-strait economic cooperation with the view that both sides are of one family. He also stated that the Mainland is willing to first share with Taiwan compatriots the opportunities in Mainland’s economic development, care for Taiwan compatriots’ interests in the cross-strait economic cooperation, open up to Taiwan a step earlier or open up more to Taiwan in the process of liberalization, and to promote the cross-strait economic integration and joint development. He further stated that the momentum of economic globalization and regional economic integration is unabated. Further expansion of economic cooperation and economic integration across the Taiwan Strait would also be helpful to create better conditions for Taiwan's participation in regional economic cooperation.

April 16, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Fan Liqing stated at a regular press conference that procedures for equal and regular cross-strait negotiations should not be obstructed or hindered. "Taiwan independence" forces are attempting, in the name of supervising cross-strait agreement, to force the “Taiwan Independence” position of "Two-State Theory" and "One Country on Each Side" into law to undermine cross-strait negotiations and the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Compatriots on neither side of the Strait will allow the wheel of history to be turned back in any way. Moreover, the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement is an already signed agreement and is a pact signed with authorization to the SEF and the ARATS. There is no precedent for re-negotiating a cross-strait agreement that has been signed. The authorization mandated to the SEF and the ARATS to conduct negotiations should be upheld. Spokesperson Fan also noted that the reciprocal institutions to be mutually established by the SEF and the ARATS are service organizations and "not diplomatic and consular institutions." It is hoped that the SEF and the ARATS can promptly complete negotiations and realize the mutual establishment of the institutions. Furthermore, while continuing to promote exchanges and cooperation in fields such as economic and cultural, the two sides may also explore and discuss how to gradually solve political differences and support preliminary discussion by private sector scholars on the two sides. On the matter of long-standing political differences between the two sides, the Mainland is willing, under the "one China" framework, to engage with Taiwan in negotiations on an equal footing and make fair and reasonable arrangements.

April 25, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a speech presented at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Economic and Financial Forum by Economic Daily in Mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong that economic cooperation is the priority direction and focal area in the development of cross-strait relations. Under the current circumstances, the strengthening of cross-strait economic cooperation requires three ”xin”. The first is "self-confidence (zixin)," whereby both sides should have confidence in its own economic development and industrial competitiveness. Taiwan enjoys considerable advantages over the Mainland in Asia and even the world in the electronics and information industry, agriculture, and modern service industry. Through cross-strait cooperation in numerous fields and industries, Taiwan can continue to capitalize on its advantages and achieve greater success. The second is "mutual trust (huxin)," meaning trust and tacit understanding between the two sides. There are bound to be different voices and views in the course of cross-strait economic cooperation. The mainland will strengthen communication with sincerity and patience, eliminate obstacles with determination and information, and further listen to the opinions and proposals of various sectors in Taiwan at all levels, especially at the grassroots level, and further improve related policy initiatives to enable more Taiwanese people to enjoy the dividends of peaceful development and continuously solidify the basis of public opinion for win-win cross-strait cooperation. The third is "confidence (xinxin)," meaning joint acknowledgement and persistent pursuit of the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. At a time when the development of economic globalization and regional economic integration is accelerating, the expansion of economic cooperation and promotion of economic integration across the Taiwan Strait will help to create more favorable conditions for Taiwan to participate in regional economic cooperation. "Taiwan independence" separatist forces will not be allowed to undermine the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

April 30, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing reiterated at a regular press conference that the cross-strait relationship is not a "state to state" relationship. Compatriots on both sides of the Strait should be on high alert for any attempts to promote the "Taiwan independence" positions of the "Two-State Theory" and "One Country on Each Side" in the name of "cross-strait agreement supervision."

May 7, 2014
General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Xi Jinping stated during a meeting with a delegation led by People First Party Chairman James Soong at the Great Hall of the People that all difficulties may be resolved so long as the two sides embark from the principle of "one family across the Strait." He also stated that the guiding principles for promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations will not change; pragmatic initiatives for promoting cross-strait exchanges, cooperation, and mutual benefit will not be abandoned; the sincerity and enthusiasm of unifying with Taiwan compatriots in common struggle will not weaken; and the firm will to stop "Taiwan independence" secessionist schemes will not be shaken. He further indicated that the Mainland would actively create conditions to expand channels for contact between people from all sectors of society on both sides so as to narrow down psychological distance and deeply understand the practical needs of the people of Taiwan, especially at the grassroots level. The Mainland will also take active and effective measures to enable more Taiwanese people to benefit from cross-strait economic exchanges and cooperation. Furthermore, the future of cross-strait relations depends on the youth of both sides. The two sides should create more conditions for contact and exchanges so that young people could feel the trend of peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

May 7, 2014
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated during a meeting with a delegation led by Taiwan People First Party Chairman James Soong at the Beijing Diaoyutai State Guesthouse that the two sides must adhere to the "1992 Consensus," oppose "Taiwan independence," and consolidate and enhance political trust across the Taiwan Strait. So long as compatriots on both sides of the Strait embark from the concept and mentality of "one family," the peaceful development of cross-strait relations may be continued.

May 8, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the second meeting of the third board of directors of the ARATS that the two sides must seize the theme of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, pragmatically promote cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, resolutely contain "Taiwan independence" secessionist schemes, and continue to promote the process of peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The two sides also should plan cross-strait consultations and negotiations, continuously make new progress, and further develop the special and important role of private organizations authorized by the two sides in promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

May 14, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a routine press conference that peaceful development of cross-strait relations corresponds with the trend of the times and is a choice shared by compatriots on both sides of the Strait. The two sides must eliminate all interference and continue to implement effective measures so that more people from all walks of life in Taiwan may benefit from cross-strait exchanges and cooperation. Avenues for contact between all sectors of society on both sides should be expanded and conditions should be created to enhance mutual trust. The spokesperson also stated that opposing "Taiwan independence" is a necessary condition for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. Any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist activities must be resolutely opposed. There is no room for compromise on this.

May 28, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that although the two sides of the Strait are not yet unified, the Mainland and Taiwan both belong to one China. The cross-strait relationship is not a state-to-state relationship. Adhering to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence" form a common political basis for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. It is hoped that, the two sides may explore ways to resolve their political differences on this foundation. Furthermore, the two sides are part of one family. A meeting between the leaders of the two sides would be conducive to the development of cross-strait relations. However, this is a matter between the two sides and does not have to take place at an international conference venue.

June 11, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing stated at a regular press conference that, although the Mainland and Taiwan are not yet reunified, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of "China" is undivided. The fact that both sides of the Strait belong to one "China" has never changed. The cross-strait relationship is not a state-to-state relationship. Any issues concerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity must be jointly decided by all Chinese people, including Taiwan compatriots. The spokesperson also stated that the competent authorities and industrial circles on both sides have continued communication and exchanges of views on the Trade in Goods Agreement and Dispute Settlement Agreement and have not changed their attitude about continued institutionalization of cross-strait economic cooperation and promotion of ECFA follow-up negotiations. It is hoped that cross-strait economic cooperation may continue to be strengthened.

June 15, 2014
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated at the opening ceremony of the Sixth Straits Forum that there will be no change in the direction of promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The Mainland will staunchly take all actions beneficial to cross-strait exchanges and cooperation and to the advancement of the welfare of compatriots on both sides. In the process of promoting cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, the Mainland will also widely listen to the opinions and suggestions of the people on both sides, especially the grassroots public in Taiwan, to strengthen relevant policies and measures. Director Zhang also stated that the Mainland will continue to promote cross-strait economic exchanges and cooperation and strengthen cross-strait customs, inspection and quarantine cooperation; promote sound and orderly development of travel by Mainland residents to Taiwan, jointly cultivate the travel market, and maintain the quality of tourism; vigorously promote cross-strait exchanges at the grassroots level, expand the scale of cross-strait youth exchanges, and facilitate cross-strait exchanges and personnel contact; and speed up formulation of practical measures to further facilitate and expand contact between Taiwan compatriots and the Mainland. On the issue of Mainland tourist transits in Taiwan, the Mainland also hopes that the involved parties on both sides may advance in the same direction and work together.

June 15, 2014
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated at the opening ceremony of the Sixth Straits Forum that the key to the development of cross-strait relations is to embark from the perspective of "one family." With more understanding, respect and appreciation, we could understand the mentality of Taiwan compatriots formed under the special historical conditions, and we respect that Taiwan compatriots identify with their existing social systems, values and lifestyles. Resolving the differences and problems between the two sides will require both sides to work together, give top priority to the big picture, treat each other with goodwill, come together with affinity, and continue to eliminate barriers and reconcile with each other. We firmly believe that cross-strait relations may steadily advance so long as the two sides consolidate the common foundation of opposing "Taiwan independence", adhere to the "1992 Consensus, and maintain the common acknowledgement of the "one China" framework. Chairman Yu further said that the Mainland would widely listen to the opinions and suggestions of various sectors in Taiwan, deeply understand the real needs of the Taiwanese people, expand participation in and benefits from cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, and continuously enhance the basis of public support for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

June 25, 2014
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office stated at the Second Meeting between Heads of Cross-Strait Competent Authorities that this step from Beijing to Taiwan took a full 65 years. In 2008, the two sides ushered in a new era of peaceful cross-strait developments on the political basis of upholding the "1992 consensus." It is hoped for the two sides to stick to the correct course, enhance mutual political trust, strengthen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields, enrich the content of exchanges, and strengthen institutional development. The Mainland also hopes for compatriots on both sides of the Strait, especially the grassroots public and younger generation, to strengthen communication and exchanges, and enhance understanding and trust. Zhang Zhijun pointed out that cross-strait relations are like "sailing against the current: not to advance is to drop back." Advances of cross-strait relations are bound to touch on some deep-seated problems. So long as compatriots on both sides of the Strait join hands, they will certainly be able to overcome difficulties, move forward, and make new progress in promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

June 25, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a press conference after the Second Meeting between Heads of Cross-Strait Competent Authorities that the meeting was an important step in normalizing communication and liaison mechanisms between the TAO and the MAC. It is highly significant in raising the level of institutionalization for cross-strait exchanges and the continued promotion of peaceful cross-strait developments. During the meeting, both sides agreed on continuos to adherence to the correct course of peaceful cross-strait on developments; deepening of cross-strait economic cooperation, also, advancing the process of ECFA follow-up talks, and promptly starting joint research work; pragmatically discuss appropriate means and feasible approaches to link up the joint economic development across the Taiwan Strait and the regional economic cooperation process; continue consultations on the establishment of reciprocal institutions by the ARATS and SEF; and properly resolve other remaining issues and complete negotiations as soon as possible on the foundation of sensible and reasonable arrangements of the issue of visitations. The two sides will also actively promote research and solutions to issues related to Mainland tourist transits in Taiwan and further facilitation of exchanges between compatriots on both sides, as well as duly communicate through appropriate channels. Ma Xiaoguang further stated that the two sides both affirmed the smooth operation of the liaison and communication mechanism between the TAO and the MAC. They would further perfect this mechanism, utilize its role, and, in the future, use the mechanism to continue consultations and arrangement of exchange visits between the heads of the TAO and MAC, based on the actual needs of cross-strait relations.

June 30, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) Director Zhang Zhijun stated during a written interview by reporters of the People's Daily and Xinhua News Agency that his first visit to Taiwan as director of the TAO is an important breakthrough in the past 65 years of cross-strait relations. At the second formal meeting with Minister Wang Yu-chi of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), both sides exchanged views and reached consensus on the current status of cross-strait relations and further development of ties between the two sides. The next step is for the TAO and the MAC to continue maintaining communication and contact, and gradually promote implementation through the appropriate channels. Zhang Zhijun also stated that the Mainland would continue to adhere to the guiding policies for promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations, realize the concept of "one family across the Strait," and vigorously work towards greater achievements in the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. He also emphasized that the Mainland's position on issues related to safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity has been consistent: the cross-strait relationship is not a state-to-state relationship and there can be no "two Chinas" or "one China, one Taiwan."

July 6, 2014
Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) President Chen Deming stated at the "Dragon Legend‧Youth China - All-China Taiwanese Association 2014 Taiwan Compatriot Thousand Youth Summer Camp" that, under the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement signed in 2013, the Mainland opened up 80 sectors to Taiwan, two-thirds of which exceed the treatment granted to other World Trade Organization (WTO) members. In the future, the Mainland would also hold talks with other countries or regions on issues related to opening the trade in services market; it cannot possibly stop for Taiwan's sake. It is hoped that Taiwan may promptly pass the Trade in Services Agreement for its economy to avoid being marginalized.

July 7, 2014
Yu Zhengsheng, Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, stated during a meeting in Beijing with a economic and trade delegation, ROC General Chamber of Commerce its progress led by Chairman Lai Cheng-I, that cross-strait relations has maintained forward, and various sectors on both sides should increase interactions and deepen exchanges to continue building consensus and understanding. The Mainland is adjusting its economic structure and accelerating development of its service industry. Compatriots on both sides of the Strait belong to one family. In the process of opening, the Mainland is willing to let Taiwan's service industry enter the market a step earlier and seize development opportunities. Taiwanese enterprises should grasp these development opportunities in the Mainland market.

July 11, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated, in response to a question from the press, that the Mainland will not change the guiding principles in promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations. All parties and persons of various sectors in Taiwan are welcome to participate in the process of promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations. He also reiterated that the position of opposing "Taiwan independence" secession scheme is firm, unshakable and unnegotiable.

July 21, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang responded to Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ying-wen's claim in the so-called "Resolution on Taiwan's Future" that "the greatest consensus in Taiwan is that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent country". He said that "Taiwan independence" is a dead end and that the hope of handling cross-strait relations by the "Resolution on Taiwan's Future" is a non-starter. He also stressed that the Mainland's position of opposing "Taiwan independence" is firm and unshakable.

July 23, 2014
Director Zhang Zhijun of the Mainland's Taiwan Affairs Office informed Minister Wang Yu-chi of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, that General Secretary Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party conveyed his deep condolences to the victims of the Penghu air crash and sincere sympathies to their families. He also stated that the Mainland is willing to provide every assistance needed by Taiwan.

August 1, 2014
In response to the gas explosion incident in Kaohsiung, the Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) immediately activated the emergency liaison mechanism and expressed the condolences and sympathy of General Secretary Xi Jinping and the Mainland people to the Taiwan victims and their families via Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council. TAO Director Zhang Zhijun said that the Mainland's National Health and Family Planning Commission has conveyed its will to provide medical assistance through the channel of Cross-Strait Agreement on Medical and Health Cooperation. The Red Cross Society of China decided to donate US$500,000 to the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China. In addition, the Ningbo Municipal Committee of Communist Party of China donated RMB 1 million through a counterpart exchange channel. Besides, Mainland enterprises with investments in Taiwan also said that they would make a joint donation. Zhang Zhijun stated that the Mainland has experiences in handling similar incidents and is willing to provide related assistance if needed by Taiwan.

August 2, 2014
General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of the Mainland, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission Xi Jinping stated in regard to the explosion at Zhongrong Metal Production Company at the Kunshan Economic and Technical Development Zone in Suzhou, Jiangsu, that Jiangsu Province and related parties are requested to devote full efforts to treat the injured and comfort the families of the victims, identify the cause of the accident, hold those responsible to account, and strengthen the safe production responsibility system.

August 7, 2014
ARATS Vice President Sun Yafu stated at the Fifth "Peace and Prosperity Forum" held in Taipei that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is consistent with the pursuit of a happy life by the people on both sides. Based on the belief of "one family across the Strait," the Mainland is willing to share its development opportunities and experience first with Taiwan compatriots and conduct cross-strait economic and trade cooperation. The direction of the peaceful development between the two sides over the past nearly six years cannot be changed, nor can this trend be interrupted. Backtracking should be avoided.

August 18, 2014
Member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Yu Zhengsheng stated during a meeting with a Mainland economic and trade delegation from Taiwan's Chinese National Federation of Industries that cross-strait economic cooperation is the bond linking the interests of compatriots on both sides of the Strait, and it is an important driving force for promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The Mainland's policy and direction in promoting cross-strait economic cooperation will not change. The Mainland hopes to let Taiwan compatriots first share its development opportunities.

August 30, 2014
ARATS President Chen Deming stated during a meeting with a delegation of Taiwanese businesspeople visiting Guangdong and Jiangsu led by SEF Chairman Lin Join-sane in Huai'an, Jiangsu that, despite certain situations occurred in cross-strait relations this year, the direction of peaceful development remains unchanged. It is hoped for the two sides to both cherish and consolidate the mutual political trust that has been established, take active measures to deepen cross-strait economic, social and cultural exchanges and cooperation, and uphold and advance the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. He also noted that negotiations between the SEF and the ARATS have formed mature institutionalized mechanisms. It is hoped that the two sides can continue to actively promote progress of follow-up negotiations under the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) so that the results of the agreements between the SEF and the ARATS can more widely benefit the grassroots public on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

September 1, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a speech at the 20th Shandong-Taiwan Economic and Trade Fair that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is an important premise and foundation for cross-strait economic development. Promoting institutionalized development is an inevitable demand for cross-strait economic cooperation and it is also beneficial for the cross-strait economic win-win situation. In the process of comprehensively deepening reforms, the Mainland is willing to give priority to Taiwan compatriots in market opening and share the opportunities brought by development. It is hoped that enterprises on both sides will work closely together, complement each other, and develop jointly.

September 2, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated in response to questions about the Hong Kong political reform plan that it is hoped that Taiwan will respect the development of Hong Kong's political system and respect the achievements of Hong Kong's successful practice of the "one country, two systems", and contribute more to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations. He also stressed that some people in Taiwan with an ulterior motive and try to discredit the "one country, two systems" principle, impair Hong Kong 's prosperity and stability, and hinder the development of cross-strait relations. These attempts are unpopular and unwelcome.

September 5, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Director Zhang Zhijun stated in a speech at an overseas Chinese reception in San Francisco that, in the future, the Mainland's Taiwan work will cover three major aspects: first, to continue to strengthen and consolidate mutual political trust between the two sides, deepen and maintain the common acknowledgement of the "one China" framework, and ensure that the momentum of peaceful development of cross-strait relations would not be interrupted or undermined. Second, to continue to promote cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, pragmatically promote ECFA follow-up talks, and promptly reach consensus on the establishment of representative institutions between the SEF and the ARATS, joint research on common economic development across the Taiwan Strait, and linking up Taiwan's participation in regional economic integration so that more people may benefit from the peaceful development of cross-strait ties. Third, to continue to resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatists, eliminate negative factors interfering with the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, exchanges and cooperation.

September 12, 2014
Yu Zhengsheng, member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, stated in the opening remark of the third forum of Taiwanese community that the peaceful development of cross-strait ties is the progress of enhancing the people's mutual interests and mutual trust of the two sides. The Mainland can understand that Taiwan compatriots have their own mentality for complex historical and realistic reasons and that the gap between the two sides will need time to resolve. The Mainland will adhere to the concept of "one family across the Strait" to make the cross-strait peaceful development an irreversible trend. He also stressed that hope for the Mainland and Taiwan economies to complement each other and develop together. The Mainland is willing to give priority to enterprises from Taiwan in Mainland market opening so that Taiwan compatriots may share the opportunities of the Mainland's development.

September 24, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang stated at a regular press conference that the Taiwan issue and Scottish referendum issue are completely different in nature. The Mainland has never wavered from the position of adhering to the "one China" principle and opposing "Taiwan independence" separatism. He also stated that a meeting between the leaders of the two sides is a matter between the two sides and such a meeting does not need to take place at an international occasion. This is Mainland's consistent position and attitude. He noted that talks between the two sides on the text of the Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Agreement have achieved further consensus. In the future, the Mainland will adhere to the principle of "mutual understanding and advancing in the same direction" to actively plan the negotiation process and seek the early completion of the agreement with mutual opening, equality and mutual benefit. On the issue of the South China Sea sovereignty dispute, he said that South China Sea Islands and their adjacent islands are part of China's inherent territory. Safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and protecting the overall interests of the Chinese nation are the shared responsibilities of compatriots on both sides.

September 26, 2014
CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping stated during a meeting with a visiting delegation of Taiwanese pro-reunification groups at the Great Hall of the People that "peaceful reunification and one country, two systems" are basic principles for resolving the Taiwan issue and also the best way to achieve national unification. The specific form of realizing the "one country, two systems" framework in Taiwan will fully consider current realities in Taiwan and fully take care of the interests of Taiwan compatriots. He further stated that the national unification sought is not just a nominal unification, but more importantly that compatriots on both sides of the Strait are in harmony with each other. The Mainland respects the social system and way of life chosen by Taiwan compatriots and is willing to narrow the psychological gap between compatriots on both sides of the Strait with sincerely, goodwill and affinity. At the same time, Taiwan compatriots also need to have greater understanding and awareness of the feelings and mindset of the 1.3 billion people in the Mainland and respect the choice and pursuits of Mainland compatriots.

September 26, 2014
Yu Zhengsheng, member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China and Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, stated during a meeting in Beijing with a visiting delegation of Taiwanese pro-reunification groups that national reunification concerns the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity and is closely connected with the great rejuvenation of the Chinese ethnic group. Achieving national unification is the Mainland's unswerving goal and there is absolutely no room for compromise. The two sides must insist on the path of peaceful development of cross-straits relations, continuously boost cross-strait political mutual trust, and resolutely stop the "Taiwan independence" separatist conspiracy so that both sides can achieve common development in the process of peaceful development.

October 2, 2014
PRC President Xi Jinping stated the People's Republic of China's 65th anniversary reception that resolving the Taiwan issue and achieving complete reunification of the motherland is a shared aspiration for all ethnic Chinese people at home and abroad. Compatriots on both sides of the Strait should continue to work hard, consolidate and build on the good momentum for peaceful development of cross-strait relations, adhere to the "one China" principle, resolutely oppose "Taiwan independence" separatist activities, and create even better conditions for the peaceful unification of the motherland to form one family across the Strait and jointly realize the "China Dream."

October 10, 2014
In regards to the issue of political reform in Hong Kong, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing stated that though the Mainland respects the social system and way of life chosen by Taiwan compatriots, Taiwan "should not make irresponsible remarks on this matter, and she expressed hopes for Taiwan to respect the choice and pursuits of the 1.3 billion people of the Mainland. The spokesperson also noted that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations is a hard won achievement that should be doubly cherished. The two sides should positively interact, advance in the same direction, build mutual trust, and do more things beneficial to promoting the development of cross-strait relations.

October 23, 2014
The Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee deliberated and approved the "CCP Central Committee Decision concerning Some Major Questions in Comprehensively Moving Governing the Country According to the law Forward." The decision proposed safeguarding the "one country, two systems" practice and moving forward the unification of the motherland, maintaining Hong Kong, Macao long-term prosperity and stability, advancing peaceful unification of the motherland, and protecting the interests of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots.

October 27, 2014
Responding to a report in the Global Times on counterespionage activities against Mainland students by Taiwan intelligence agents, Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing stated that the opening up for Mainland students to study in Taiwan is one of the important results of peaceful cross-strait development, and that the provision of a normal learning and living environment for Mainland students studying in Taiwan is Taiwan's due responsibility. Counterespionage activities by Taiwan intelligence agencies seriously harm security and healthy development of young students and obstruct cross-strait education exchanges and cooperation. The relevant parties in Taiwan should immediately stop such behavior.

October 28, 2014
The Mainland announced that the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee approved the "CCP Central Committee Decision concerning Some Major Questions in Comprehensively Moving Forward on Governing the Country According to the Law." Proposals in the decision related to Taiwan were to safeguard the "one country, two systems" practice and promote unification of the motherland in accordance to the law; consolidating and deepening peaceful development of cross-strait relations based on the rule of law; strengthening laws and regulations related to Taiwan; regulating and protecting cross-strait relations according to the law; and advancing cross-strait exchanges and cooperation. The decision also called for using legal means to safeguard the "one China" principle, oppose "Taiwan independence," further maintain the common acknowledgement of the "one China" framework, and advance the peaceful unification of the motherland; also, to protect the interests of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots according to the law; and to strengthen the Mainland's respective law enforcement and judicial cooperation both with Hong Kong and Macao and with Taiwan to jointly fight cross-border criminal activity.

October 29, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing stated at a regular press conference that the Mainland would conscientiously implement the decision reached by the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee. The Mainland will consolidate and deepen the peaceful development of cross-strait relations based on the rule of law; strengthen laws and regulations related to Taiwan; regulate and protect cross-strait relations according to the law; and advance cross-strait exchanges and cooperation. The decision also called for using legal means to safeguard the "one China" principle, oppose "Taiwan independence," further maintain the common acknowledgement of the "one China" framework, and advance peaceful unification of the motherland. On the cross-strait spy case, the spokesperson stated that cross-strait relations may have some ups and downs, yet the mainstream public opinion on both sides of the Strait has not changed in its hope for peaceful cross-strait developments. The two sides should continue to take more initiatives and devote more effort to further promote peaceful development of cross-strait relations and steadily make new achievements. Furthermore, Taiwan students studying at institutes of higher education in the Mainland have been included in the Mainland's basic medical insurance program for urban residents and now enjoy basic medical insurance treatment on par with that for local Mainland students. The Mainland hopes that Taiwan will promptly make substantive progress on improving the medical treatment conditions of Mainland students in Taiwan.

November 1, 2014
Mainland President Xi Jinping stated during an inspection visit to Fujian that the Pingtan Comprehensive Experimental Zone is a window for cooperation between Fujian and Taiwan, as well as a window for mainland China's opening to the world. The two sides must build a common homeland for joint development, pilot advancements, and scientific development by compatriots on both sides. He also said that the Mainland market is large and welcomes more Taiwanese enterprises to develop in the Mainland.

November 9, 2014
General Secretary Xi Jinping of the Chinese Communist Party met with a delegation led by Honorary Chairman of Taiwan's Cross-Straits Common Market Foundation Vincent Siew at the Great Hall of the People, during which he stated that the two sides have established and will continue to build mutual trust on the common political basis of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence." This is the key to ensuring the correct course and positive trend of peaceful development of cross-strait relations. The more difficulties and resistance cross-strait relations encounter, the more necessary it is to strengthen exchanges, build mutual trust, maintain positive interaction, advance in the same direction, and respect each other's choice of development path and social systems. General Secretary Xi expressed hopes for both sides to work together, eliminate interference, and take more active measures to expand and deepen cross-strait economic, cultural, technological, and educational exchanges and cooperation.

November 12, 2014
Mainland TAO Director Zhang Zhijun stated during a meeting in Beijing with MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi that the two sides must continue to enhance political mutual trust on the basis of consolidating adherence to the "1992 Consensus" and opposing to "Taiwan independence." They must respect each other's choice of development path and social systems and properly handle differences. They must also maintain positive interaction and do more things conducive to enhancing affinity and well-being of compatriots on both sides, conducive to promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, and conducive to promoting the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

November 12, 2014
Mainland TAO Director Zhang Zhijun stated during a media interview after a meeting with MAC Minister Wang Yu-chi that the two sides reached a six-point consensus during the meeting. The most important consensus was that the two sides should adhere to the "1992 Consensus," continue to promote the peaceful development of cross-strait relations and continue to make new achievements to benefit the people on both sides. The two sides also agreed to continue promotion of ECFA follow-up talks, SEF-ARATS establishment of reciprocal institutions, Mainland tourist transits in Taiwan, facilitation of exchanges between the people on both sides, and cross-strait cultural, educational, scientific and youth exchanges. The two sides also reached consensus on how to start research on joint economic development across the Taiwan Strait and Taiwan's participation in regional economic integration. Director Zhang also noted that ECFA negotiations across the Strait started before the China-Korea FTA talks, as such, Taiwan must make efforts to facilitate progress.

November 25, 2014
TAO Director Zhang Zhijun stated at the inauguration of the Institute of Taiwan Studies at Tsinghua University that, since 2008, the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have maintained the positive trend of peaceful development and made significant progress in exchanges and cooperation on the common political basis of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence." As cross-strait relations continue to move forward, new situations and new problems will be encountered. This will require the two sides and various sectors of society to work together, strengthen confidence, build mutual trust, mutual respect and positive interaction, further consolidate the common political basis for cross-strait relations, and deepen cross-strait exchanges and cooperation in the economic, trade cultural, educational, technology and other the fields.

November 26, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang expressed hope at a regular press conference for the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement to be passed as soon as possible and for the two sides to work together to promptly begin talks on the high-level opening, equal and mutually beneficial Cross-Strait Trade in Goods Agreement. Furthermore, the ARATS and SEF will hold the first working talks on allowing Mainland residents to transit in Taiwan and further communicate on consensus reached on further facilitating exchanges between compatriots on both sides. The two sides will also communicate specifically on preparatory work for starting joint research on cross-strait economic cooperation, joint development and convergence in the regional economic cooperation process. Ma also emphasized that there are comprehensive historical records for the process of "1992 Consensus" reached between the two sides in 1992. The core of the "1992 consensus" is that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait agree to orally express their respective adherence to the "one China" principle, and the "1992 Consensus" acts as the political basis for peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

December 17, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Fan Liqing stated at a regular press conference that the two sides are promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations and creating a new era on the common political basis of upholding the "1992 Consensus" and opposing "Taiwan independence." The Mainland's guiding principles in promoting peaceful development of cross-strait relations will not change and hopes for the two sides to continue efforts on the existing common political foundation, advance in the same direction and promote steady cross-strait development. She also noted that young people are the future of cross-strait relations and that more active measures would be taken to strengthen youth exchanges across the Strait. The Mainland is also willing to create more conditions for Taiwanese youth to come to the Mainland to develop, study, work, and start businesses. Furthermore, cross-strait negotiations will continue to be promoted according to current progress made and also to cross-strait compatriots' demands, and the positive attitude in promoting cross-strait economic cooperation and ECFA follow-up issues such as cross-strait trade in goods has not changed.

December 29, 2014
Minister Zhang Zhijun of the TAO expressed hope in a New Year's message entitled "Maintaining Momentum, Overcoming Difficulties to Advance" published in the first 2015 edition of "Relations Across Taiwan Straits" magazine that cross-strait relations would be characterized by "stability, development and benefit for the people. "Stability" means maintaining the right course of peaceful development of cross-strait relations, continuing to adhere to the "1992 Consensus," and maintaining stability across the Taiwan Strait. "Development" means achieving new results in promoting the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, endeavoring to promote cross-strait negotiations and dialogue, and expanding and deepening cross-strait economic cooperation. "Benefit for the people" means to adopt more targeted policy measures so that the grassroots public in Taiwan may further enjoy the fruits of development in cross-strait relations.

December 29, 2014
ARATS Chairman Chen Deming stated in a New Year's message entitled "Walking, Cherishing, and Encouraging Progress" published in the first 2015 edition of "Relations Across Taiwan Straits" magazine that 2015 would be a year of both opportunities and difficulties in cross-strait relations. Compatriots on both sides of the Strait should uphold the brotherly spirit of "roots of one vein, one family across the Strait," maintain the right direction of peaceful development, continue, on the political basis of the "1992 consensus," to promote ECFA negotiations and negotiations on issues relevant to the livelihood of the people on both sides, and accumulate new results for the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.

December 31, 2014
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Fan Liqing stated at a regular press conference that the "1992 Consensus" is a consensus reached, with comprehensive historical record, between the Mainland's ARATS and Taiwan's SEF at the 1992 Hong Kong talks and subsequent correspondences for each side to express orally that "both sides of the Taiwan Strait adhere to the one-China principle." On the basis of the "1992 Consensus," the two sides have made a series of important achievements. It is hoped that the various sectors in Taiwan will protect this basis for peaceful development of cross-strait relations. She also stated that the Mainland will continue in the New year to expand cross-strait exchanges and cooperation, enhance mutual understanding and trust, and propose response measures to issues that Taiwan compatriots urgently need resolving. At the same time, the Taiwan Affairs Office, the MAC and the heads of the two agencies should maintain regular contact, two-way exchanges and communication. The Mainland also welcomes Minister Wang Yu-chi to visit at an appropriate time next year, so that efforts may be joint to promote cross-strait exchanges and cooperation and also the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.