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Tsai heeds U.S. criticism over cross-strait policies

Tsai heeds U.S. criticism over cross-strait policies

Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Tsai Ing-wen (???), chairwomen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday said that she expected Taiwan to continue the pursuit of its own interests while maintaining peaceful and stable cross-strait relations. Tsai's stance on future cross-strait relations was recently questioned by Barbara Schrage, former managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan, during a Heritage Foundation event in Washington, D.C. Schrage said that as the DPP eyes the 2016 presidential election, it will inevitably be forced to face issues surrounding the "1992 consensus" that has served as the foundation for cross-strait exchanges over the past decades. The consensus, a tacit understanding reached between Taiwan and China in 1992, means that both agree to the "one China" principle while allowing each side to have its own interpretation of one China. The DPP has refused to recognize the consensus. Before casting their ballots, the electorate must be aware what cross-strait policies the future government will follow, particularly in the event of a DPP victory in the presidential race next year, Schrage said. Tsai's cross-strait policies were criticized as ambiguous by a number of U.S. observers during her previous presidential campaign in 2012. "We are actively addressing those concerns," said Tsai in response to misgivings voiced in the U.S. In navigating increasingly complex international developments, dialogue remains the most effect path towards achieving terms agreeable to all parties and preserving all possible options for the people of Taiwan, she added. Tsai acknowledged that the task will be difficult and require time. She also indicated that the DPP is currently revising its cross-strait policies. As to whether the U.S. might attempt to influence the outcome of elections in Taiwan, Tsai pointed out that Schrage had also spoken against Chinese intervention. "I am confident that the U.S. will abide by their pledge to remain neutral," she said. The benefits of peaceful and stable cross-strait relations will be felt by more than Taiwan and China, Tsai said, calling on interested parties to engage in dialogue rather than political maneuverings intended to exert influence or interfere. (By Chang Su-ping and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-01-17 11:26 GMT+08:00