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Taiwan's new leader should favor peace and stability

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-18-2016 14:34 BJT

By Gao Zhikai, director of Energy Security Institute of China

Tsai Ing-wen, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, won Taiwan's leadership election on Jan. 16, becoming the 14th "President of Taiwan" and will be sworn into office in May.


Among 113 seats in the island's legislature, DPP gained 68 seats while Kuomintang (KMT) captured 35. It's the first time KMT lost control of the legislature since 1949.

The change will impact cross-Strait relations and the world. Many fear Tsai would refute the 1992 Consensus and push the island towards "Taiwan independence," while she had repeatedly stressed to hear people's voices. But, what is the voice of people?

Taiwan has 23 million citizens, who hold strong expectations. Taiwan compatriots should support peace and stability for development and prosperity. Tsai should promote the fundamental interests of her Taiwan compatriots.

Accordingly, Taiwan's future can be bright in the next four years. Taiwan's cross-Strait situation can be harmonious, which conforms with the fundamental interests of most Taiwan compatriots and nearly 1.4 billion compatriots of both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Regional peace and stability can influence harmony in Asia and the world.

However, if she ignores the fundamental interests of most people and stirs up troubles, she would be doomed and judged by history. Our modern-day world needs peace, stability, development and prosperity. Taiwan needs a leader with the historical insight to comprehend the big picture.

Over the past eight years, on the political basis of adhering to the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence," both sides have jointly explored a path for peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, set up an institutional framework for exchanges and cooperation, and maintained peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.
Such hard-won momentum should be cherished. Compatriots of both sides are willing to maintain a common political foundation, the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and peace and stability across the Strait to create a bright future for the revival of the Chinese nation. 

Tsai's choices have a direct bearing on the fundamental interests of Taiwan compatriots and the Chinese people. The 1.3 billion mainland Chinese people and 23 million Taiwan compatriots are looking forward to observing her actions.


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