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U.S. to stress stable cross-strait ties at Obama-Xi meeting: official

U.S. to stress stable cross-strait ties at Obama-Xi meeting: official

Washington, Sept. 22 (CNA) The United States will stress that stable cross-Taiwan Strait relations are in its fundamental interest at an upcoming meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (???), a U.S. official said Tuesday. Daniel Kritenbrink, senior director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council, said at a briefing on the Obama-Xi meeting at the Foreign Press Center in Washington that the U.S. respects Taiwan's democratic process and will not interfere in it. He reaffirmed the comment made the previous day by U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice that "our longstanding position on cross-strait issues remains unchanged." "The U.S. one-China policy based on both the three Joint Communiqu廥 and the Taiwan Relations Act remains unchanged," Kritenbrink said. "Our fundamental interest is in cross-strait stability." He referred to them as "key elements" and "our bottom lines." "Those will not change and any discussion on Taiwan cross-strait issues between our two presidents will take place along these lines," Kritenbrink said. Rice also stressed Monday that "we oppose unilateral changes to the status quo by either side." Daniel Russel, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said at the briefing that it was normal for Chinese officials or leaders to raise the issue of Taiwan in bilateral meetings. The U.S. will "always make clear when the issue arises that we place great importance on the maintenance of stability across the strait," he said. The U.S. respects the "right of the people on Taiwan to exercise democratic rights and (we) will continue to counsel restraint on the part of Beijing in order to maintain and to build trust and stability," Russel said. Xi arrived in Seattle on Tuesday for his first state visit to the United States, during which the issue of Taiwan is expected to come up. Xi will have a working dinner at the White House with U.S. President Barack Obama on Sept. 24 and will be greeted with a 21-gun salute and hold a joint news conference with Obama a day later. According to Rice, the two leaders will exchange views on human rights, cyber security and the South China Sea in addition to Taiwan. (By Rita Cheng and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-07-31 20:01 GMT+08:00