US reaf­firms ‘one China’ af­ter Tsai’s call at State Depart­ment

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.”

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