Tsai meets heavyweight senators in Washington
Tsai needs to pass the tests of 1.3 billion mainlanders: PRC
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
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 ( ).
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.