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Taiwan: China should not break cross-strait stability

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Taiwan: China should not break cross-strait stability

President Ma Ying-jeou hopes China will not take inappropriate action to break the hard-earned stability across the Taiwan Strait, a Presidential Office spokesman said Friday.

Fan Chiang Tai-chi was referring to Beijing's inclusion of pictures of two Taiwanese scenic spots in new People's Republic of China passports.

Fan Chiang noted that the two famous tourist destinations -- Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan and the Chingshui Cliffs on the Suhua Highway on Taiwan's East Coast -- are "under the jurisdiction of the Republic of China (Taiwan) government and not under the control of mainland China."

He said that Ma had instructed the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to issue a statement on the issue.

Fang Chiang said the government promotes cross-strait exchanges on the basis of "not recognizing each other's sovereignty and not denying each other's right to rule."

"At present, cross-strait relations are enjoying the most unprecedented peace and stability in six decades," Fang Chiang said.

The MAC, in an unusually strongly worded statement, said China's inclusion of Taiwan as part of its national map, and pictures of Taiwanese scenic spots in its new passports, are unacceptable.


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