By: Rita Cheng and Frances Huang
Washington, Oct. 5 (CNA) Susan Thornton, former U.S. acting assistant secretary of state
for East Asian and Pacific affairs, on Friday praised President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) as being “very mature” in her attitude toward cross-Taiwan Strait ties.
On the sidelines of a seminar held by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a think tank in Washington, Thornton admitted relations between the United States and China have been deteriorating, but what Taiwan needs to do is keep doing what it has been doing, as it has a consistent policy toward China.
“I think President Tsai has really been very mature in her approach to cross-strait relations,” Thornton said. “I think basically keeping things steady as she goes, not overacting to things and to try to keep communications going across the (Taiwan) Strait is very important.”
“That’s what I would definitively prescribe as a continuation,” said Thornton, who retired from her position at the U.S. State Department in July. [FULL STORY]