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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / ViewHot IssuesGovernmentSocietyInnovationEducationCover StoryPeoplePhotosTsai faces the test to keep cross-Straits ties on track(China Daily) Updated:2016-01-18 07:58Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallThe victory of Democratic Progressive Party leader Tsai Ing-wen in Taiwans “presidential” election on Saturday may bring short-term uncertainty to cross-Straits relations, but it does not necessarily mean the positive momentum that has built up between the mainland and Taiwan over the past eight years will be reversed.The peaceful development of relations reflects the public will on both sides of the Straits and has tremendously benefited both Taiwan and the mainland. Any attempt to reverse this trend will be futile.The defeat of the ruling Kuomintang in the election was caused by such internal issues as administrative lapses, rising unemployment and the widening wealth gap, not the partys mainland policy.Cross-Straits relations have never been so closely intertwined. The mainland has become Taiwans largest trading partner, accounting for 40 percent of the islands exports, and for every 10 tourists who visited Taiwan last year, four were from the mainland.The peaceful situation across the Straits has not come easily, given the fact that the two sides are still technically at war after the civil war ended in 1949 without a peace treaty. If it was not for the 1992 Consensus on one China, which is the cornerstone for cross-Straits relations, peace and stability across the Straits would have been impossible.Tsai has yet to accept the consensus, though she says she wants to maintain the “status quo”. Her mainland policy remains ambiguous, and it will take some time for people to understand what a “consistent, predictable and sustainable” cross-Straits relationship, which she says she will pursue, actually means.Yet she has a responsibility to keep the peaceful development of cross-Straits relations on track. The future development of the cross-Straits situation, to a large extent, depends on where Tsai will steer the island. A wise and capable leader uses his or her power to maximize the well-being of the people, instead of being hijacked by populism.The Taiwan question has come into being because of the complicated historical context. It is Chinas internal issue and it must be left to the Chinese to solve it. As President Xi Jinping put it, “We are brothers connected with flesh. We are a family whose blood is thicker than water.”The mainland has shown great sincerity and patience in seeking to find all possible ways to solve this “family affair”.It is now Tsais turn to reciprocate.8.03KPhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsChinese science awards to emulate Nobel Prize1992 Consensus stressed by mainland after Taiwan pollExperts mull introduction of tougher regulations on lab animal welfareCollege established to fight terrorismGlobal women to peer coach each otherMissing HK bookstore owner confessed to killing: XinhuaFirst counter-terrorism institute set up in NW ChinaOver 1,000 coal mines in China to be shut downChina to further open up capital market: regulatorTaiwan voters go to the polls to elect the islands new leaderAn 85-year-old man cut 140,000 yuan ($21,252) worth of bank notes into pieces on impulse and his son and daughter-in-law spent three months putting together 108,000 yuan in Anshan, Northeast Chinas Liaoning province, Anshan based Qianshan Evening News reported on Thursday.HighlightsExperts mull introduction of tougher regulations on lab animal welfareChinese-run ship rescues 72-year-old Frenchman stranded in CaribbeanChinese farmer spent 14 years travelling the world by tricycleNew country, new life, new challengeHot TopicsTransformers stars hospital experience triggers healthcare debate Full text: Beijing Declaration of the BRICS Media Summit Chinas two-child policy puts pressure on sperm banks Ground level Rule of law Panda China youths Anti-terror drive Family planning SmogSpecial5th Plenary Session of 18th CPC Central CommitteeChina Legal Information Center…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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