Date
18 December 2017
Yu Zhengsheng says cross-strait ties are based on the 'one family' concept. Photo: HKEJ, Xinhua
Yu Zhengsheng says cross-strait ties are based on the 'one family' concept. Photo: HKEJ, Xinhua

Taiwan cool to ‘one family’ comment by China top adviser

A senior Chinese political adviser said Beijing respects Taiwan’s social system, values and way of life and understands its concerns regarding the future of cross-strait relations, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Cross-strait relations are based on the concept of “one family”, which has always been the case, Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was quoted as saying.

Anything unfavorable to Taiwan will be avoided, Yu told delegates to the sixth Straits Forum held in Xiamen, Fujian province, on Sunday.    

He said it is impossible to predict if cross-strait relations will develop smoothly but added understanding and respect are necessary.

Also, ongoing reform in the mainland offers a unique opportunity for young Taiwanese, Yu said.

Yu’s “one family” statement did not go down well in Taiwan and Hong Kong after Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman for Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said last week Taiwan’s future must be determined by all Chinese people.

Even netizens in the mainland told Taiwan people not to be fooled, the report said.

Meanwhile, Zhang Zhijun, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, said cross-strait economic and tourism exchanges will continue and the pace of peaceful cooperation between the two sides will not change.

Zhang announced six preferential measures for Taiwan relating to mutual exchanges. He is due to visit the island next Monday.

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