Nature of cross-strait ties unchanged after Ma-Xi meeting: scholar

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/11/08
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]

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