Pundits dissect US president’s remarks

TESTY:Taiwanese can enunciate any thoughts on the ‘status quo’ themselves, and a foreign government cannot speak on Taipei’s behalf, Lai I-chung said

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 18, 2016
By: Peng Wan-hsin and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer

US President Barack Obama’s comments on Friday regarding the relationship between

Lai I-chung is pictured in this file photo taken on November 10. Photo: Chen Chih-chu, Taipei Times

Taipei, Washington and Beijing provoked mixed reactions in Taiwan.

Obama said during his year-end news conference that there has been a long-standing agreement between China, the US and, to some degree, Taiwanese, that there should be no change to the “status quo.”

“The Taiwanese have agreed that as long as they’re able to continue to function with some degree of autonomy, that they won’t charge forward and declare independence,” he said.

Taiwan Thinktank member Lai I-chung (賴怡忠) said he thought it was inappropriate for Obama to make remarks on behalf of Taiwanese.    [FULL  STORY]

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