Report urges US to promote cross-strait stability

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 12, 2016
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The US should continue to inform Beijing that cross-strait relations can only be pursued in the absence of threat or use of force, according to a report released by a New York-based policy organization.

While recent remarks by president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) indicated a desire to work constructively with China, some heightened tensions can be expected ahead of her inauguration, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director Stephen Young wrote in the report, titled Building a Regional Order in East Asia: Community,
Competition, Conflict, that was published by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy at the end of last month.

The committee was founded in 1974 to help resolve conflicts that threaten US interests.

Young said it is possible that Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) would exert greater pressure on Taiwan in the coming months on the issue of “reunification.”

Any sharp rhetoric or actions toward Taiwan by China would become a security and political issue for the US government, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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