DPP does not reflect mainstream Taiwan, Beijing’s point man tells visiting industry group

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“The DPP remains in power but it will not change the basic pattern and direction of cross-strait relations … and it cannot prevent the historical trend of the reunification of the two sides,” he said, according to a TAO statement.

The DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen has refused to acknowledge the one-China principle since becoming president eight years ago, a policy her successor, William Lai Ching-te, is expected to continue.

The DPP also lost its majority in the island’s legislature, resulting in a hung parliament.

In the meeting with the group from the Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association on Thursday, Song said the mainland’s economy was recovering well, had the most complete manufacturing chain in the world and would remain on a positive trajectory over the long run.

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He said his office would work with the National Development and Reform Commission to help Taiwanese businesses play a part in new infrastructure projects and share the opportunities generated by the mainland’s digital economy, according to Phoenix TV.

The Taiwanese delegation was led by association chairman Richard Lee.

According to the TAO statement, Lee said his association would continue to promote cross-strait industrial cooperation as well as help strengthen future cross-strait exchanges to improve understanding between young people.

The association has more than 3,000 members from across the spectrum of electrical and electronic manufacturing, according to its website.

One of the world’s most valuable chip firms, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, is a member.

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Beijing sees Taiwan as part of its territory, to be reunited by force if necessary. Like most countries, the United States – the island’s biggest arms supplier – does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state. But its robust unofficial ties with Taipei frustrate Beijing.

Since the presidential election, Beijing has sought to play down the result.

The People’s Liberation Army resumed military activities near the island after a short lull, but it has not yet dramatically increased the scale of its activities.

This week, Beijing also unilaterally adjusted a civil aviation path that is west of the Taiwan Strait’s median line, the unofficial dividing line between Taiwan and the mainland.

Observers said the move was a punitive measure by Beijing in response to the election.

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