By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The National Security Council (NSC) was asked Thursday about the impact of President-
elect Tsai Ing-wen’s inauguration speech on cross-strait relations.
Yang Kuo-chiang, director-general of the NSC, said in response that if the Chinese government is not satisfied with Tsai’s inauguration speech, it may express its displeasure by withdrawing from cross-strait negotiations, restricting mainland tourists from visiting Taiwan, or increasing diplomatic pressure.
Yang, however, did not offer solutions if the above happened. “The NSC is merely responsible for laying out the possible risks,” said Yang.
It has been a heated debate whether Tsai’s May 20 speech will include a mention of the Constitution of the Republic of China as well as the recognition of the 1992 Consensus, which is considered the cornerstone for cross-strait relations, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stated Thursday.
Last month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivered a speech in Washington, urging Tsai to accept the “one China” principle. [FULL STORY]