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Mainland's Taiwan affairs chief calls for adherence to 1992 Consensus

BEIJING, March 29 -- The Chinese mainland's Taiwan affairs chief Zhang Zhijun underlined the importance of the 1992 Consensus for future exchanges and cooperation across the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday.

Zhang Zhijun, director of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks at a meeting of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS).

Zhang, also director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, spoke highly of the role ARATS has played in improving cross-Strait ties over the years.

Zhang said both sides must adhere to the 1992 Consensus. All forms of "Taiwan Independence" must be opposed, and cross-Strait communication should be strengthened, he said, adding that authorized non-governmental organizations can play a more proactive role in boosting cooperation.

ARATS President Chen Deming said cross-Strait consultation is an effective way to promote peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and improve welfare for compatriots on both sides.

Chen said on behalf of ARATS that they will do their best to serve people across the Strait, maintain regional stability, and appeal to more compatriots to promote cross-Strait ties.