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Mainland Won't Set Limits on Taiwan Election, Official Says

A senior Taiwan affairs official of the central government says the mainland will not impose any preconditions or limits to next year's Taiwan election. Dialogue with Taiwan regional parties and organizations will be conducted according to the one-China policy.

Deputy Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Wang Zaixi says the mainland is willing to hold talks with Taiwan regional parties and organizations which recognize the one-China principle. He also says the mainland will not impose any limits on next year's Taiwan election.

Wang said, "The election is totally Taiwan's regional affair. The mainland will not impose any preconditions or limits to this election. We do not support specific parties and their candidates, and we are not concerned about their background. We rule out the possibility of entering cross-Straits talks with parties which do not recognize the one-China principle. However, our stance has nothing to do with their elections."

The senior official says the mainland has been working hard to improve cross-Straits relations in the past three years. But, the Taiwan authorities refuse to accept the one-China principle, deny the "1992 consensus reached between the two sides," and promote Taiwan independence elements. For the last three years, the Taiwan authorities have not shown a sincere commitment to improve the relationship with the mainland and this is the root cause of tension across the Straits.

(CCTV.com August 24, 2003)

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