Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The government urged China Saturday to drop its aggressive approach to dealing with Taiwan by annulling its anti-secession law and removing its missiles targeting Taiwan, on the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the law by Beijing.
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said in a statement that revoking such "outmoded" legislation is essential to restoring peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and creating a mutually beneficial situation.
"The communist Chinese authorities should face the changing cross-strait situation with a more positive attitude and renounce their military threat against Taiwan," the MAC said.
The law, which the Beijing authorities use to empower themselves to use "non-peaceful means" against Taiwan should the island move toward independence, was enacted in 2005, at a time when cross-strait tensions were escalating under the then-leadership of Taiwan's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.
According to the MAC, the law is totally unacceptable to the people of Taiwan and inconsistent with Beijing's advocacy of peaceful development of cross-strait relations.
Over the past nine months since the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan has been working to upholding peace and prosperity across the strait and has successfully forged several agreements with China that are beneficial to the people of both sides, the MAC said, adding that these efforts have won the support of the people in Taiwan and of the international community.
Also commenting on the issue, Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi said Beijing should "take the feelings of the Taiwanese people seriously and take proper steps to deal with the law."
"We believe the Chinese authorities are wise enough to know how to deal with it properly," Wang said.
He argued that the circumstantial setting based on which the law was enacted is now changed, which is evident from the fact that cross-strait tensions have been moderating and mutual trust increasing over the past nine months.
According to Wang, Ma thinks the law is "unnecessary, " because the majority of the people in Taiwan are in favor of maintaining the status quo and do not support Taiwan independence.
The law is also "unfeasible" for attaining the goal that Beijing desires, as the peaceful development of cross-strait relations requires a two-way reciprocal process in which the two sides interact with each other with goodwill, Wang said.
"The matter should not be decided by the Chinese authorities unilaterally or non-peacefully," he said.