China’s top official for Taiwan affairs yesterday said that Taipei should provide a “responsible” explanation for accidentally launching a missile into the Taiwan Strait earlier in the day, calling it a “serious” matter.
China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) said the incident had “a serious impact,” coming at a time when Beijing has stressed the importance of maintaining peaceful development of cross-strait relations, with the so-called “1992 consensus” as the political foundation.
“This requires Taiwan to provide a responsible explanation on what had happened,” Zhang said in response to reporters’ questions on the incident on the sidelines of an event promoting cross-strait student exchanges.
Asked if Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) had notified the Taiwan Affairs Office of the incident, he replied that he “had no information.”
In Taipei, the MAC yesterday said in a statement that it had asked the Straits Exchange Foundation, a semi-official organization responsible for cross-strait negotiations, to notify its Chinese counterpart — the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits — of the incident and ask it to help pass the information to Chinese government agencies.
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