US urges constructive cross-strait talks

STRIKING A BALANCE: Incumbent and former AIT officials said President Tsai Ing-wen’s National Day speech shows her commitment to a pragmatic cross-strait policy

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 12, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The US Department of State on Wednesday urged Taiwan and China to engage in

American Institute in Taiwan Chairman James Moriarty talks to reporters at the Twin Oaks estate in Washington on Wednesday.  Photo: CNA

constructive dialogue and seek a peaceful resolution to their differences.

A spokesperson at the State Department made the statement in response to the Double Ten National Day address by President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), in which she identified China’s diplomatic offensive and military coercion as a serious challenge to cross-strait peace and stability.

The US has a deep and abiding interest in cross-strait peace and stability and it is important that both sides of the Taiwan Strait understand the significance of related benefits and work to establish a basis for continued peace and stability, the spokesperson said.

“We encourage authorities in Beijing and Taipei to engage in constructive dialogue that seeks a peaceful resolution of differences acceptable to the people of both sides of the Taiwan Strait,” the spokesperson said.    [FULL  STORY]

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