"We think it's very dangerous in this type of security environment, not to have dialogue with Taiwan, not to be able to talk about military issues or sensitive diplomatic sensitive issues," he said.
Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (
Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), a Hsieh camp spokesperson, told reporters after the closed-door meeting that Hsieh told the two that the March election would have a dramatic impact on the strategic balance and the common interests of Taiwan and the US in the Asia-Pacific region.
If his Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) rival, Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), was elected, he would push Taiwan into unification with China with his "one China" policy and "common market" theory, Hsieh told them.
Ma also met Schriver and Blumenthal at his campaign office yesterday morning, telling reporters after the meeting that he had expressed his intention to rebuild trust between Taiwan and the US if he was elected.
"I conveyed to them my foreign diplomacy platform, especially my policy about rebuilding trust between the US and Taiwan," Ma said in Taipei when asked for comment.
"Over the past eight years, the mutual trust has been damaged to a certain extent," he said.
Ma said he also talked about improving cross-strait relations through his proposal of seeking no unification with China, no independence and no use of force.
He said the talk also touched on the nation's plan to purchase F16 fighter jets and pursuit of a US-Taiwan free trade agreement.
Ma, however, said they did not talk about the two upcoming referendums on the nation's UN bid.