Feb 14, 2017 Legal Comments Off on Vice President Chen addresses cross-strait status quo
Vice President Chen Chien-jen has said China is likely to continue to put pressure on Taiwan in the international community. Chen was speaking to the French daily La Croix in an interview released by the Presidential Office on Tuesday.
The newspaper asked Chen if he thought US President Donald Trump could use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in relations with China. Chen said Trump's Asia-Pacific policy is currently unclear. However, he said, many senior US officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have reaffirmed the longstanding US commitment to Taiwan. Chen said he hopes to consolidate Taiwan's relations with the United States in the near future.
The vice president was asked about China's increasing pressure on Taiwan. Chen said Beijing has insisted on recognition of the 1992 Consensus as a prerequisite for talks. The Tsai Ing-wen administration does not recognize the consensus, often stated as "One China, with different interpretations."
Chen also said recent moves such as the PLA's carrier fleet sailing in waters near Taiwan are not helpful to peaceful cross-strait development. The vice president also said the Communist Party leadership will focus on consolidating its power structure prior to the 19th National Congress later this year. As a result, China will likely to continue ramping up pressure against Taiwan. Chen called on the Chinese leadership to seek common ground to develop cross-strait relations in a peaceful manner.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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