PRC diplo­mat’s com­ments in­ap­pro­pri­ate: Lin

Bei­jing may tol­er­ate Tsai’s lat­est pledge: an­a­lyst

The China Post - - LOCAL -

For­eign Min­is­ter David Lin (

) said Thurs­day that Tai­wan’s pres­i­dent is elected by its peo­ple and that a re­cent re­mark by a Chi­nese diplo­mat, im­ply­ing that one of Tai­wan’s pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates should meet the ap­proval of China’s peo­ple, was in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

Chi­nese Am­bas­sador to the United States Cui Tiankai ( ) re­port­edly said Tues­day that Tsai Ing-wen ( ), the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party’s chair­woman and 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, should pass the test of the 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple in China by ac­cept­ing the one-China prin­ci­ple.

Ciu was com­ment­ing on me­dia re­ports that Tsai was be­ing “in­ter­viewed” in Wash­ing­ton as she was seek­ing en­dorse­ment there ahead of the 2016 elec­tion.

Asked to com­ment on the is­sue, Lin said Cui’s re­marks were “quite in­ap­pro­pri­ate.”

“Our pres­i­dent is elected by the 23 mil­lion peo­ple in Tai­wan. This is a fact that should be rec­og­nized by main­land China and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” Lin said on

Bei­jing will prob­a­bly tol­er­ate the lat­est pledge by op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party Chair­woman Tsai Ing-wen (

) to con­tinue to pro­mote cross-Tai­wan Strait peace and sta­bil­ity un­der the cur­rent Repub­lic of China Con­sti­tu­tion, although Bei­jing may not be sat­is­fied with it, an an­a­lyst said Thurs­day.

Dur­ing a speech given at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. on Wed­nes­day, Tsai, who is the DPP’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, re­it­er­ated her pledge the side­lines of the for­mal open­ing of the St. Lu­cian em­bassy in Tai­wan.

Tsai is a Tai­wanese pres­i­den­tial can­di­date rep­re­sent­ing the DPP, he said.

Tsai is cur­rently on a six-city tour of the U.S., call­ing on U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials, mem­bers of Congress and think tank ex­perts and meet­ing with Tai­wan- to main­tain the cross- strait sta­tus quo.

Tsai said if elected pres­i­dent, she will push for the peace­ful and sta­ble devel­op­ment of cross- strait re­la­tions in ac­cor­dance with the will of the Tai­wanese peo­ple and the ex­ist­ing R. O. C. con­sti­tu­tional or­der.

Tsai also said the ac­cu­mu­lated out­comes of more than 20 years of ne­go­ti­a­tions and ex­changes will serve as the firm ba­sis of her ef­forts to fur­ther the peace­ful and sta­ble devel­op­ment of cross- strait re­la­tions. Ac­cord­ing to Tung Chen-yuan

) , a pro­fes­sor at Na­tional

( ese ex­pa­tri­ates.

On Wed­nes­day, she said in Wash­ing­ton that if elected pres­i­dent, she would con­tinue to pro­mote cross-Tai­wan Strait peace and sta­bil­ity un­der the cur­rent Repub­lic of China Con­sti­tu­tion.

In a speech ti­tled “Tai­wan Meet­ing the Chal­lenges: Craft­ing a Model of New Asian Val­ues,” Tsai also pledged to build a “con­sis- Chengchi Uni­ver­sity’s Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Devel­op­ment Stud­ies, through her speech, Tsai has pro­vided a more sub­stan­tial def­i­ni­tion of what she means by “main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo.”

Not dam­ag­ing the sta­tus quo is a di­rec­tion ac­cept­able to Bei­jing, Tung said.

Bei­jing will not in­di­cate pub­licly that it ac­cepts what Tsai said, but will prob­a­bly be able to stom­ach it, he pre­dicted.

Also, Tsai’s speech was a prom­ise to the United States that she will not be­come a “trou­ble­maker” if elected pres­i­dent, Tung said. tent, pre­dictable and sus­tain­able cross- strait re­la­tion­ship” with China.

“I have ar­tic­u­lated and re­it­er­ated my po­si­tion of main­tain­ing the sta­tus quo, in the pre­vi­ous months, as I be­lieve this serves the best in­ter­ests of all par­ties con­cerned,” she said in the speech at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies.

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