The China Post
Date: October 29, 2016
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao
American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman James Moriarty reiterated Friday that the
United States takes no position on the “1992 Consensus,” while emphasizing that cross-strait agreements must first be accepted and supported by the people.
Moriarty, the newest head of the AIT, made the remarks during an interview with the Central News Agency.
The new AIT chief said the U.S. had urged both sides of the Taiwan Strait to handle affairs rationally and that communication was necessary for concrete developments.
Saying he was “unclear” about the contents of the “1992 Consensus,” Moriarty said that the ultimate core was that cross-strait agreements be supported by the people. How this would be accomplished would be determined by the people on both sides of the strait and not by the U.S., he added.
He urged both sides to maintain flexibility, creativity and patience to reach a resolution that could be supported by all.
Moriarty also described the political changes in Taiwan that have led to a third democratic transition of power and a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) majority in the legislature as “exciting.” [FULL STORY]