The News Lens
Date: May 22, 2016
By: Edward White
A former US diplomat says Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration speech may be a new starting point in cross-strait relations.
Tsai on Friday, in a speech mainly focused on domestic policy, said both sides “must set aside the baggage of history and engage in positive dialogue.”
China’s state-owned Xinhua reported officials as saying Tsai’s comments were “an incomplete answer sheet” and noted that she did not explicitly recognise the 1992 Consensus and its “core implications” [the idea there is one China].
Tsai had acknowledged the fact that a meeting took place in 1992 between Taiwanese and Chinese officials.
Richard Bush, who led the American Institute in Taiwan for nearly five years, says Beijing’s reaction to Tsai’s speech “is not as bad as some people thought it might be.” [FULL STORY]