Taipei, May 3 (CNA) A new proposal put forward by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as a basis for cross-strait relations is consistent with the government’s longstanding policy of maintaining regional peace and stability, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said on Wednesday.

In an interview with the local United Daily News published on Wednesday, Tsai put forward a new approach to promoting relations between Taiwan and China.

Tsai said the two sides should face the objective reality that cross-strait relations are in a new situation and so both Taiwan and China should work out a framework favorable for the development of peaceful and stable cross-strait relations, as well as regional stability and prosperity.

Noting that Beijing has consistently accused Taipei of failing to answer various questions, Tsai stressed that the situation has changed and the two sides face a new test paper that cannot be answered by one side alone but rather requires both sides to give joint answers. Therefore, benevolent interaction between the two sides is of great importance, she added.

Tsai also called on China to adopt a positive attitude in reviewing its ties with Taiwan based on the new situation.

In terms of cross-strait ties, Tsai said she has adhered to a policy of maintaining the cross-strait status quo since taking office on May 20 last year.

A certain degree of mutual goodwill and flexibility is needed for interaction between Taiwan and China so that stable regional and cross-strait relations can be ensured, she said, adding that the two sides should therefore strive for a new model to promote mutual interaction and forge structural cooperation based on the principle of maintaining the status quo.

In response, a report on China’s news website said that while Tsai pretended her proposal was new, it was nothing more than “old wine in a new bottle.” The report accused Tsai of evading the 1992 consensus, which essentially implies that China and Taiwan are part of “one China,” as part of her “new situation” in cross-strait relations.

The Presidential Office spokesman refused to respond to Chinese media reports on Tsai’s new proposal.

Lin said that the government’s cross-strait policy has consistently aimed to maintain regional peace and cross-strait stability based on the principle of seeking common ground while setting aside differences, extending goodwill and promoting benevolent interaction.