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President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday urged both sides of the Taiwan Strait to maintain peaceful relations, vowing that the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to commit to having positive exchanges with China and extending goodwill but will not succumb to pressure and threats, reported China Post.

"Over the past few months, it's becoming a common feeling for Taiwanese people that a rational and calm position strenuously kept by both sides has been slightly changed," Tsai said when she and Vice President Chen Chien-jen briefed both local and international reporters about their work since assuming office on May 20 and the direction of their future administration.

"Beijing has, step by step, backed onto an old track to polarize, pressure and even threaten and intimidate (Taiwan)," said the president.
"We hope that this is not Beijing's adoption of a policy, and want to remind it that such moves have hurt Taiwanese people's feelings and affected stability across the Taiwan Strait," she said.
As one example of recent action by China, Beijing and Sao Tome and Principe signed a communique to resume diplomatic relations earlier this month after the western African country terminated formal relations with the R.O.C.

Tsai reiterated that Taiwan hopes to continue to work with China next year to respond to the call for peace from people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
As long as Taiwan and China share a calm and rational mindset and allow some flexibility, many problems could be sorted out, she said.
"It is not impossible that there is room for creativity," she said.

President Xi Jinping on Friday called on political advisors to conscientiously perform their duties in 2017 and give more advice and suggestions on state affairs, reported Xinhuanet News Agency.
Xi vowed to support the efforts of Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions in 2017 to develop their economies and improve people's livelihoods.
"We must ensure the practice of 'one country, two systems' is firmly upheld without losing shape or becoming distorted," Xi added.

He also pledged adherence to the 1992 Consensus as the common political foundation, as well as relentless efforts to boost the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, and to achieve the complete reunification of the motherland.
"We will hold high the banners of peace, development, cooperation and mutual gain to build a human community of shared future," Xi said.

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