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U.S. encourages continued dialogue across Taiwan Strait

U.S. encourages continued dialogue across Taiwan Strait

Washington, April 24 (CNA) The United States encourages Taiwan and China to continue their dialogue, a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Thursday, adding that the pace and the scope of that dialogue should be acceptable to the people on both sides. "We welcome the steps both sides of the Taiwan Strait have taken to reduce tensions and improve cross-Strait relations," the spokesperson said in an e-mail in response to a reporter's questions. "We encourage authorities in Beijing and Taipei to continue their constructive dialogue, which has led to significant improvements in the cross-Strait relationship," the spokesperson said. "The content, pace, and scope of cross-Strait interaction should be acceptable to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait," the spokesperson added. The comments came after both Taiwan and China announced that Eric Chu, chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT), and China's President Xi Jinping will hold talks in Beijing on May 4 in their capacity as party chiefs. It will be the first meeting between a KMT chairman and the general secretary of the Communist Party of China since July 2009, when Wu Po-hsiung met with Hu Jintao in Changsha. The meeting takes on particular significance as Chu, 53, is widely seen as the KMT's best chance of winning Taiwan's presidential election either in 2016 or four years later. (By Rita Cheng and Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-27 04:28 GMT+08:00