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US supports peaceful presidency

By Tung Chen-yuan 童振源

She added that it is important that both sides of the Taiwan Strait continue to work to establish a basis for continued peace and stability, and that “we encourage authorities in both Beijing and Taipei to continue their constructive dialogue on the basis of dignity and respect.”

In other words, not only does the US not endorse the “1992 consensus,” it also hopes that Beijing will not use threats to force Tsai to accept it.

The US hopes that the two sides will be able maintain peaceful and stable cross-strait relations on the basis of dignity and respect.

Thornton clearly stated that the US has an abiding interest in the preservation of cross-strait stability and there should be no unilateral attempts by either side to change the “status quo,” stressing that this principle applies to both sides.

The US’ stance echoes and even endorses Tsai’s previous remarks, when she said that the DPP’s basic principle and goal on cross-strait policies are to maintain the “status quo” and that she will run for the presidency of the Republic of China.

Before Tsai visits the US, Washington has made it clear that it does not support China’s use of coercion on Tsai; the US even echoes many of Tsai’s cross-strait policies, which shows that there should have been sufficient communication and mutual trust between Tsai and Obama’s administration.

Since the US has so much good faith and trust in Tsai, it is expected that Tsai will present a comprehensive view in her speeches in the US on how to maintain peace and the “status quo” in cross-strait relations.

The nation will be all ears.

Tung Chen-yuan is a distinguished professor in the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at National Chengchi University.

Translated by Ethan Zhan

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