Tsai should ease partners’ concerns, say former US officials

Want China Times
Date: 2015-04-01
By: Lin Ruei-yi and Staff Reporter

Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party must come up with plans that can set

"Watch your step" has been the message Tsai Ing-wen has received from former US officials in recent weeks. (Photo/CNA)

“Watch your step” has been the message Tsai Ing-wen has received from former US officials in recent weeks. (Photo/CNA)

its partners’ minds at ease as it looks to the presidential election next year, according to Michael Jonathan Green, a senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and former White House official, our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily reports.

Green, who made the statement on the sidelines of the US-Japan Security Seminar 2015, said Taiwan’s partners include the US and Japan. When DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen last visited the US, the US government and certain local think tanks got the impression that she would be able to accept the cross-strait 1992 Consensus, which was felt would make the US government’s job easier when sealing with cross-strait issues.

Green said Tsai is a political leader and the US should not intervene or question the policies of a democratic leader. But when political interests are at stake, the DPP will need to find ways to make Taiwan’s partners at ease ahead of the presidential election in 2016, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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