US en­cour­ages con­tin­ued dia­logue across Tai­wan Strait

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The United States en­cour­ages Tai­wan and the main­land to con­tinue their dia­logue, a U.S. State Depart­ment spokesper­son said Thurs­day, adding that the pace and the scope of that dia­logue should be ac­cept­able to the peo­ple on both sides.

“We wel­come the steps both sides of the Tai­wan Strait have taken to re­duce ten­sions and im­prove cross-strait re­la­tions,” the spokesper­son said in an email in re­sponse to a re­porter’s ques­tions.

“We en­cour­age au­thor­i­ties in Bei­jing and Taipei to con­tinue their con­struc­tive dia­logue, which has led to sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in the cross-Strait re­la­tion­ship,” the spokesper­son said.

“The con­tent, pace, and scope of cross-strait in­ter­ac­tion should be ac­cept­able to peo­ple on both sides of the Tai­wan Strait,” the spokesper­son added.

The com­ments came af­ter both Tai­wan and the main­land an­nounced that Eric Chu, chair­man of Tai­wan’s rul­ing Kuom­intang (KMT), and main­land leader Xi Jin­ping will hold talks in Bei­jing on May 4 in their ca­pac­ity as party chiefs.

It will be the first meet­ing be­tween a KMT chair­man and the gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Com­mu­nist Party of China since July 2009, when Wu Po-hsi­ung (

) met with Hu Jin­tao in Chang­sha.

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