US reaffirms ‘one China’ after Tsai’s call at State Department
The United States on Friday reaffirmed its “one China” policy after a meeting the previous day between a State Department official and Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen.
Tsai, the DPP’s 2016 presidential candidate, reportedly met Thursday with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken for about one hour at the State Department.
It was the first such meeting between a Taiwanese presidential candidate and a U.S. official in the building, which raised questions about the U.S. government’s stance on Taiwan.
However, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said there has been no change in the U.S.’ policy regarding Taiwan.
The U.S. appreciates Tsai’s visit, Harf said but declined to confirm any details of the DPP candidate’s meetings in the U.S.
“We had a constructive exchange on a wide range of issues with her,” Harf said. “Our policy has not changed. From time to time, we do meet with Taiwanese officials, certainly the Secretary has, and others have as well. But our position in no way has changed on Taiwan.”
Asked about the Chinese government’s statement that the meeting had sent the wrong signal to Taiwan, Harf reiterated the U.S.’ policy on the Taiwan issue.
“We have developed a strong unofficial relationship with Taiwan,” Harf said.
“This is based on the One China policy, the three joint communiques , the Taiwan Relations Act — things we’ve talked about for years and years. And years now. So really there’s been no change in our policy here.”