Tsai meets heavy­weight sen­a­tors in Wash­ing­ton

Tsai needs to pass the tests of 1.3 bil­lion main­lan­ders: PRC

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen ( ) met with U.S. Sen­a­tors John McCain and Dan Sul­li­van from the Repub­li­can Party and Demo­crat Jack Reed on June 2 in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to dis­cuss is­sues such as Tai­wan’s can­di­dacy in join­ing re­gional eco­nomic or­ga­ni­za­tions, mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion and fu­ture U. S.Tai­wan re­la­tions.

As the DPP pres­i­den­tial can­di­date con­tin­ues to high­light the Wash­ing­ton leg of her U.S. tour this week, Bei­jing’s Am­bas­sador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai ( ) ex­pressed his con­fu­sion re­gard­ing Tsai’s tour.

“If Tsai has words to share with China, why should she look to con­duct in­ter­views with the U.S. in­stead?” Cui asked dur­ing a me­dia in­ter­view af­ter the wel­com­ing cer­e­mony of newly ap­pointed min­is­ter Li Kexin (

). “She needs to pass China’s 1.3 bil­lion pop­u­la­tion’s ex­ams — whether she can ac­cept the ‘one China’ prin­ci­ple ( ) — rather than bluff­ing her way with vague state­ments,” the am­bas­sador said.

Prior to Cui’s re­marks, Tsai had al­ready re­it­er­ated that her tour across the U.S. was “not an in­ter­view,” and that she had made her cross- strait stance clear: main­tain­ing peace across the strait and sta­ble devel­op­ment for both sides.

China Af­fairs Com­mit­tee ( CAC) Direc­tor Chao Tien- lin ( ) also backed up Tsai’s state­ment yes­ter­day be­fore at­tend­ing the DPP’s Cen­tral Stand­ing Com­mit­tee Meet­ing.

Chao fur­ther ex­pressed his sur­prise re­gard­ing Cui’s be­lief that Tsai should “take ex­ams of China’s 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple,” say­ing it was un­couth and un­help­ful for ad­vanc­ing “mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion” on both sides of the Tai­wan Strait.

Mil­i­tary Co­op­er­a­tion High­light of Talks with

Sen­a­tors

Ac­cord­ing to Tsai, she pointed out dur­ing the meet­ing that di­verse trade is an im­por­tant com­po­nent to up­date Tai­wan’s econ­omy, cit­ing strength­en­ing trade re­la­tions with the U. S. and join­ing the Trans- Pa­cific Part­ner­ship (TPP) as im­per­a­tive mile­stones for Tai­wan.

In hopes of ad­vanc­ing talks on mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion, Tsai joined with Se­na­tor McCain, in­cum­bent chair­man of the U. S. Se­nate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, to dis­cuss pos­si­ble mea­sures.

Tsai ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to­ward McCain’s long-term sup­port of Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary af­fairs. Tsai said she looks for­ward to “fur­ther­ing mil­i­tary ex­changes, shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion, and ad­vanc­ing the mil­i­tary in­dus­try” with the U.S.

McCain, in re­sponse to the talks with Tsai, will at­tempt to push for more op­por­tu­ni­ties for Tai­wan to par­take in “mul­ti­lat­eral mil­i­tary ex­er­cises.” He will also sup­port im­prov­ing Tai­wan’s im­bal­anced mil­i­tary com­pe­tency and ex­change of mil­i­tary of­fi­cials

Sul­li­van also ex­pressed his af­fir­ma­tive stance to­ward Tai­wan’s demo­cratic val­ues, re­fer­ring to Tsai’s com­men­tary that was pub­lished in the Wall Street Jour­nal on June 1.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Tsai to the U.S. Se­nate to meet with the sen­a­tors were DPP rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the U.S. Joseph Wu (

), Direc­tor of In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs James Huang ( ) and DPP law­maker Hsiao Bi-khim ( ).

CNA

Bei­jing’s Am­bas­sador to the U.S. Cui Tiankai ( ) speaks dur­ing a me­dia in­ter­view on May 2 at the Chi­nese Em­bassy in the U.S. In re­sponse to pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee and Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Chair­woman Tsai Ing­wen’s ( ) U.S. tour, Cui asked “if Tsai has words to share with China, why should she look to con­duct in­ter­views with the U.S. in­stead?” Cui also said that Tsai should pass the tests of 1.3 bil­lion Chi­nese.

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