TRANSITION: US urges flexibility on cross-strait ties

UNOFFICIAL:A senior official said that a US delegation would attend the inauguration of president-elect Tsai to reiterate the US’ commitment to relations with Taipei

Taipei Times
Date: May 20, 2016
By: William Lowther / Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

As Taiwan prepares for the inauguration of president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), the US is once again calling for both Taipei and Beijing to show flexibility in their ongoing relationship.

“We have emphasized to parties on both sides of the Strait our interest in the maintenance of peace and stability,” US National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink said.

“Our hope is that both sides will continue to show flexibility going forward in the name of maintaining peace and stability,” he said during a Foreign Press Center briefing on US President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to Vietnam and Japan.

He was asked whether a possible Chinese demand that Tsai recognize the so-called “1992 consensus” and the “one China” principle would affect the future of US-Taiwan and cross-strait relations.

The “1992 consensus,” a term former Mainland Affairs Council chairman Su Chi (蘇起) admitted making up in 2000, refers to a tacit understanding between the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Chinese government that both sides of the Taiwan Strait acknowledge there is “one China,” with each side having its own interpretation of what “China” means.     [FULL  STORY]

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