‘CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM’:Taiwan-US ties would be freed from China’s obstructionism if US president-elect Donald Trump can withstand Beijing’s pressure, an academic said
Date: Dec 05, 2016
By: Lu Yi-hsuan / Staff reporter
The telephone call between President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and US president-elect Donald Trump
has continued to spark debate in Taiwan, with some expressing optimism over the creation of a new model of interaction for Taipei and Washington, while others voiced concerns over a possible return to cross-strait diplomatic rows.
The 10-minute call between Tsai and Trump on Friday evening demonstrated that Trump’s team attaches importance to Taiwan, National Chung Hsing University Graduate Institute of International Politics professor Tsai Ming-yen (蔡明彥) said.
“The call could address the long-term absence of high-level dialogue and interactions between Taiwan and the US… If the Trump camp can withstand inevitable pressure from Beijing over the matter, a new interaction model could be created for Taipei-Washington ties,” Tsai Ming-yen said.
Expressing “cautious optimism” over Taiwan-US relations, Tsai Ming-yen said there have only been routine interactions at lower levels between the two sides. [FULL STORY]