Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
Scholars in China have urged Chinese president Xi Jinping not to discuss the Taiwan issue
with US president Barack Obama during the Chinese leader’s ongoing visit to the United States, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.
Shen Dingli, vice dean of Fudan University’s International Issues Study Institute, said the Taiwan issue should only be discussed by the two leaders if Taiwan asserts its independence. Tsai Ing-wen, chair and presidential candidate of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party, has pledged to maintain the status quo and so it is unnecessary for the two leaders to discuss the Taiwan issue at the moment, said Shen. He said the US opposition to unilateral changes to the status quo by either side across the Taiwan Strait suggests Washington will not allow Taiwan to assert its independence.
Shen also said that the US may become less willing to intervene in cross-strait relations in ten or 20 years when China’s overall national strength surpasses the US and that this would give Beijing the opportunity to annex Taiwan. [FULL STORY]