Mainland not to meddle in Taiwan elections: spokesman

Updated: 2011-12-14 21:30


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BEIJING - A Chinese mainland spokesman said on Wednesday that the mainland will not intervene in the upcoming Taiwan elections and reaffirmed that the "1992 consensus" is an essential premise for developing cross-Strait relations.

Yang Yi, a spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks at a regular press meeting, adding that Cross-Straits negotiations will not continue if the consensus is denied.

Yang stressed that the consensus was reached by organizations authorized by the mainland and Taiwanese authorities to handle Cross-Straits issues, not by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang.

The mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait (ARATS) and Taiwan-based Strais Exchange Foundation (SEF) held talks in Singapore in 1992, leading to the creation of the agreement.

The "1992 consensus" serves as a necessary premise and a significant basis for Cross-Straits negotiations and peaceful development, Yang noted.

The spokesman said regular cross-Strait exchanges have nothing to do with the upcoming Taiwan elections and reaffirmed the mainland's adherence to the principle of not intervening in Taiwan elections.