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US interest is preserving cross-strait stability: report

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter, WASHINGTON

Responsibility for maintaining a stable and cooperative cross-strait relationship must be shouldered by both Beijing and Taipei, Glaser and Vitello said.

“If Tsai is elected Taiwan’s next president, the two sides will need to agree on a new formulation that provides a basis for managing cross-Strait ties,” they say.

“The interests of both Taiwan and Mainland China will be best served by the adoption of a pragmatic approach that takes into account prevailing realities,” Glaser and Vitello add. “Outright rejection by Tsai of the framework – including the 1992 consensus — that has enabled more than seven years of relatively low tensions and cooperation across the Strait would be damaging and counterproductive.”

“Chinese unwillingness to find a compromise with the DPP that preserves cross-Strait stability while at the same time protecting Beijing’s bottom line of avoiding the risk of Taiwan independence would be similarly destructive and unwise,” they said.

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