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U.S. hopes to hear more from Tsai on cross-strait issues: official

U.S. hopes to hear more from Tsai on cross-strait issues: official

Washington, April 27 (CNA) Recent comments by opposition Democratic Progressive Party Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen on cross-Taiwan Strait issues were "interesting" and "constructive," and Washington looks forward to hearing more from her, a senior U.S. official said Monday. Evan Medeiros, senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, said he follows what Tsai has to say about cross-strait issues very closely. "I thought her recent comments were quite interesting and quite constructive, and we look forward to hearing more from her about what her approach is all about," Medeiros said during a briefing on the U.S. visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Tsai, who is the DPP's candidate for the 2016 presidential election, said recently that her party's basic principle in handling cross-Taiwan Strait relations is "maintaining the status quo." Tsai also said she was confident of handling cross-strait ties well and would try to "avoid accidents" and would not provoke "contradictions, confrontations or conflicts." As during the previous presidential campaign four years ago, when she was also the DPP candidate, Tsai is expected to visit Washington in the run-up to Taiwan's next presidential election in January 2016. On a planned visit to China by ruling Kuomintang Chairman Eric Chu, Medeiros said the United States supports any cross-strait interactions that are conducted at a pace and in a manner acceptable to both sides and in a way that ensures continued cross-strait stability. He noted that Zhang Zhijun, the head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, wrote an opinion piece in the People's Daily about a month ago in which he talked about being open to interactions and conversations with all circles of Taiwan society. "We think that's an important, constructive step as Taiwan enters into its election period," Medeiros said. The Kuomintang will likely pick its candidate in late May.
(By Tony Liao and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-25 03:52 GMT+08:00