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Ex-US official out of order: DPP

INTERFERENCE?Former AIT managing director Barbara Schrage drew criticism for remarks about Democratic Progressive Party Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen’s China policy

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Remarks by retired US officials are prone to misinterpretation and could mislead the public to the degree at which they might intervene in elections in Taiwan, Wu said, adding that this goes against the fundamental values that the US has embraced in promoting democracy abroad.

“We believe that this is not what they want; and therefore, we would like to once again remind them to be careful [in their comments],” Wu said.

Earlier yesterday, Tsai was asked by reporters to respond to Schrage’s comments.

“The DPP’s cross-strait policy is pretty clear: Cross-strait relations must remain peaceful and stable,” Tsai said.

“We will do our best to maintain this status quo,” she added.

“Most importantly, we will maintain good communications with all parties concerned to avoid miscalculation or misunderstanding about the way we deal with cross-strait relations, and the process will lay a basis for mutual trust,” Tsai said.

Tsai did not make further comment on the “1992 consensus” yesterday, saying that the DPP’s stance on the issue has been clearly expressed on many occasions before.

AIT spokesperson Mark Zimmer told the Taipei Times that Schrage does not represent the US government now, since she has retired.

Asked if the US government has taken note of the DPP’s concerns over possible intervention from retired US officials in Taiwan’s elections, Zimmer said that the US government does not tell people what they can and cannot say.

“But it’s important to note that they are retired officials. They are no longer associated with the government and they speak for themselves,” Zimmer said.

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