hotline between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan was officially put into
operation on Wednesday, and chiefs of cross-Strait affairs from both
sides have used it to speak to each other, said a mainland spokesperson.
During the conversation, both sides affirmed the achievements made in
the past year in promoting the development of cross-Strait relations
while upholding the 1992 Consensus, said Ma Xiaoguang with the State
Council Taiwan Affairs Office at a press conference.
Both sides have been implementing the important consensus reached in a
historic meeting between Xi Jinping and Ma Ying-jeou last month. Many
achievements have been made in this regard, according to the
conversation between the office’s director, Zhang Zhijun, and Taiwan’s
mainland affairs chief, Andrew Hsia.
The mainland and Taiwan agreed to set up a hotline between the chiefs
of cross-Strait affairs from both sides during the Xi-Ma meeting in
Singapore on Nov. 7.
"We hope the two authorities will make efforts to maintain and promote
peaceful development of cross-Strait relations on the common political
basis of the 1992 Consensus in the future, and bring more benefits for
people on both sides," Ma said.
Zhang and Hsia also exchanged New Year greetings during the hotline
conversation, according to the spokesperson.
Ma said the hotline will facilitate communication on important
cross-Strait issues to enhance mutual understanding and trust and
maintain a common basis and correct direction for the development of