PRC diplomat’s comments inappropriate: Lin
Beijing may tolerate Tsai’s latest pledge: analyst
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.