Cross-strait relations depend on Beijing's view of Tsai: scholar

London, Jan. 16 (CNA) The development of relations between Taiwan and China will depend on how Beijing sees Taiwan's President-elect Tsai Ing-wen after the leader of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won the election by a landslide, a British scholar said Saturday.

Although Tsai has vowed to maintain the status quo and make no provocations, it seems that Beijing remains highly suspicious of her stance, said Stephen Tsang, director of the China Policy Institute School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham.

The statement from China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) right after Tsai's victory, which made clear the Chinese government's insistence on the so-called "1992 consensus" and opposition to any Taiwan independence activities, was an unnecessarily unfriendly gesture, Tsang told CNA in a telephone interview.

The 1992 consensus refers to a tacit understanding reached in 1992 between Taiwan and China that there is only one China, with each side free to interpret what that means.

Therefore, Beijing's view of Tsai and her administration will become a crucial factor in Taiwan-China interaction, he said.

China has yet to grasp the political situation in Taiwan and still does not trust Tsai or her party, he said, adding that officials in Beijing tend to view any action by Tsai under a magnifying glass.

Tsang also touched on the controversy surrounding a Taiwanese singer who was slammed for displaying a Republic of China (Taiwan) flag on a South Korea television show. He said that the incident helped drum up votes for Tsai.

The controversy occurred when Tzuyu (or Chou Tzu-yu), the only Taiwanese member of the South Korean girl group Twice, was apparently forced to apologize late Friday for waving an ROC flag on the South Korean TV show.

While the DPP was destined to win both the presidency and an absolute majority in the Legislative Yuan, the Tzuyu incident contributed greatly to Tsai's win in an election Beijing is much concerned about, according to Tsang.

Tsai beat her Kuomintang rival Eric Chu with 56.12 percent of the vote to Chu's 31.04 percent. Her party also secured 68 of the 113 seats in the Legislative Yuan in Saturday's elections. (By Huang Chen-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)