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Dec 2, 2014 8:48 PM

China urges Taiwan to stay course on exchanges

The Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) China is calling on Taiwan to stay the course on deepening exchanges between the sides following a stunning electoral defeat for the island's ruling pro-China Nationalist Party.

The statement posted to the website of the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office on Wednesday followed Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's announcement that he is stepping down as party chairman to take responsibility for the loss of nine city and county elections over the weekend.

Office spokesman Fan Liqing was quoted in the statement as saying China hopes for further cooperation and exchanges and the promotion of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait.

The election results reflected concerns over Ma's moves to integrate Taiwan's economy with China's, seen by many as a step toward Beijing's goal of gaining political control over the island.


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