US ‘hopes to hear more’ from Tsai on vi­tal cross-strait is­sues

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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