US ‘hopes to hear more’ from Tsai on vital cross-strait issues
Recent comments by opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) on cross-Taiwan Strait issues were “interesting” and “constructive,” and Washington looks forward to hearing more from her, a senior U.S. official said Monday.
Evan Medeiros, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, said he follows what Tsai has to say about crossstrait issues very closely.
“I thought her recent comments were quite interesting and quite constructive, and we look forward to hearing more from her about what her approach is all about,” Medeiros said during a briefing on the U.S. visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Tsai, who is the DPP’s candidate for the 2016 presidential election, said recently that her party’s basic principle in handling cross-Taiwan Strait relations is “maintaining the status quo.”
Tsai also said she was confident of handling cross-strait ties well and would try to “avoid accidents” and would not provoke “contradictions, confrontations or conflicts.”
As during the previous presidential campaign four years ago, when she was also the DPP candidate, Tsai is expected to visit Washington in the run-up to Taiwan’s next presidential election in January 2016.
On a planned visit to mainland China by ruling Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu ( ), Medeiros said the United States supports any cross-strait interactions that are conducted at a pace and in a manner acceptable to both sides and in a way that ensures continued cross-strait stability.