By: Huang Chao-ping and Frances Huang
New York, Nov. 7 (CNA) Andrew Nathan, an East Asian studies professor at Columbia University, said Saturday that a meeting between Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has not created any changes in the nature of cross-strait relations.
Nathan, who specializes in Chinese politics, said that neither side has changed its position regarding the cross-strait relations.
“Beijing position is that Taiwan can benefit if it pursues cooperation with mainland China but the price of such a benefit is not to challenge the one China principle,” Nathan said.
On this, Xi spoke in a gentle fashion, but “nonetheless he was clear that refraining from such a challenge is the price of peace; a challenge to the one China principle would lead to a disruption of peace,” said the U.S. academic. [FULL STORY]