Cross-strait relations should have new model: MAC minister

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Mainland Affairs Council Minister Chang Hsiao-yueh said Wednesday Taiwan and China should be encouraged to work together to create a new model for cross-strait relations by putting aside their political differences.President Tsai Ing-wen's administration values the results of cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges over the past 30 years, since the travel ban was lifted by Taiwan in 1987In recent years, with accelerated cross-strait interaction, China has become Taiwan's most important trading partner as cross-strait travel has also seen a notable growth, Chang said.The increased cross-strait interaction has resulted in the current 330,000 Chinese spouses living in Taiwan and over 10,000 Chinese students studying here, Chang said.Her comment was in response to a statement from China's Taiwan Affairs Office that peace, stability and development in cross- strait relations are only possible under Beijing's one-China principle. That statement, in turn, was in response to Tsai's National Day speech a day earlier.In her speech, Tsai reaffirmed her commitment to maintaining the cross-strait status quo, and urged both sides to develop goodwill and establish new interactions."We will not revert to the old path of confrontation, but we will not bow to pressure," Tsai said.