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Beijing nervous about Taiwan's presidential race: ex-U.S. official

Beijing nervous about Taiwan's presidential race: ex-U.S. official

Taipei, Aug. 7 (CNA) Beijing is nervous about Taiwan's presidential election in January, because it recognizes that the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) could win, a former U.S. State Department official said earlier this week. "Beijing is obviously nervous about the prospect of the victory of the DPP," said Evans J.R. Revere, who served as principal deputy assistant secretary and acting assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific Affairs before retiring from the State Department in 2007, when asked about Taiwan's next presidential election during an interview with CNA. The latest polls show DPP chairwoman and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen (???) leading in a three horse race against ruling Kuomintang candidate Hung Hsiu-chu (???) and People First Party Chairman James Soong (???). Beijing has made it clear over the years that it has "fundamental disagreements" with the DPP, Revere said Wednesday. Tsai "has been very careful and very precise in her rhetoric and I am hoping that Beijing will listen very carefully to what she has said and what she has not said in this campaign," he added. During a 12-day trip to the United States that concluded in early June, Tsai said that if elected president she would continue to promote cross-strait peace and stability under the current Republic of China Constitution. Irrespective of the outcome of the election, it will be "a victory for democracy in Taiwan," Revere said. He also expressed hope that Beijing will respect the voice of the people of Taiwan and understand that there will be opportunities to build on the achievements made in cross-strait relations over the past few years. Regardless of the outcome of the election, Revere predicted "there will be a strong desire to maintain the accomplishments in cross-strait relations." (By Elain Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-25 17:45 GMT+08:00