Friday, April 12, 2013

China’s policy toward Taiwan remains largely unchanged, for now

l  At his inaugural press conference following this year’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and Political Consultative Conference (PCC), Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reiterated that China's new leadership remained “committed to the pledges made by its predecessor” and will “continue to take Taiwan people's welfare and interest into consideration.”

l  Moreover, by emphasizing that “both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China,” there was no indication that China’s fifth-generation leaders would demonstrate more flexibility on its long-held position toward Taiwan, particularly the “one China” principle.

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