HISTORY REPEATING:Xi’s comments on Hung Hsiu-chu’s proposed cross-strait peace accord are almost the same as the commentary from ex-Chinese president Jiang Zemin
Date: Nov 03, 2016
By: Nadia Tsao and Jake Chung / Staff reporter in Washington, with staff writer
Cross-strait relations need to enter a phase of incremental and reciprocal progression in which both
sides of the Taiwan Strait build up mutual trust rather than Beijing’s unilateral and endless demands for President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration to offer guarantees of its good will, said Richard Bush, director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.
In an e-mail interview with the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) on Tuesday, the former American Institute in Taiwan chairman said that after carefully reading the six-point statement issued by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) government following his meeting with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱), it is clearly a statement of Beijing’s policy on cross-strait relations.
While Beijing maintains its stance that it requires the Tsai administration’s guarantee of good will, Taiwan has reason to mistrust Beijing’s intentions, he said. [FULL STORY]