Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China


Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during an interview in Luque, Paraguay, June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno/Files

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during an interview in Luque, Paraguay, June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno/Files

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (August 20, 2016) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a “One China” principle.

The Chinese government blamed the self-ruled island earlier this week for the breakdown of communications.

China, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province, has been unsettled by Tsai, who took office in May, as she has been reluctant to disavow calls for formal independence.

“While the official mechanism of communication has not been restored, unofficial communication channels with the mainland remain available,” she told reporters, without elaborating.

“We hope both sides maintain stability, so there won’t be any misunderstanding or misjudgment on either side,” she said.

Tsai, who heads the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, reiterated she wanted to maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations, but said “there is no magic medicine” to resolve the existing strains.

China has insisted Tsai must recognize the “1992 consensus” reached between China’s Communists and Taiwan’s then-ruling Nationalists – the political basis for the one China principal – although each have their own interpretation of what that means.

After the defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan following a civil war with the Communists in 1949, China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

(Reporting by Faith Hung; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

Source: Reuters “Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China”

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2 Comments on “Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China”

  1. Steve says:

    No matter how the 1992 consensus including the concept of one China policy are interpreted across the straits, Tsai Ing Wen and All the Taiwanese need to realise the difference between Fixed tangible assets and variable assets versus liabilities.

    The Taiwan Island cannot be stolen, sold or declared independent from the Motherland of China. The entire property of the Taiwan island is a fixed tangible asset as being part of China. All Taiwanese on the island are variables as life is only temporal. Those who support the unification of Taiwan are the variable assets and those wishing to engage in illegal activities to declare separation or independence are variable liabilities.

    Should military unification be the only option, then, All Taiwanese that belong to the variable liabilities (including the military) should discharge themselves and flee the provincial island to avoid bloodshed.

    There seems to be no end to this farcical, illegal and abusive call to independence by Tsai Ing Wen for refusing to acknowledge the one China policy. It would be a terrible and horrible shame when military unification be the only option.

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  2. Joseph says:

    Apparently Tsai Ingwen is starting to feel the heat from her own camp as the result of the worsening relation with Mainland. Informal contact between Taiwan and Mainland, of course, always exists. But does her ‘informal’ contact with Mainland remain exist too? Such political language can only fool the idiots. She can now truly celebrate her ‘triumph’ of democracy, with mutiny mounting on her own ranks. I wonder where and when this article’s photo was taken. In Paraguay? She definitely has long face compared big smile she showed just after becoming president. Where’s that smile now? Reality bites? Economy is always the best arsenal. Thus, it does not matter what kind of screw up ideology she believes and embraces. Her tax coffer decides more. If only her American master can provide funds to finance her adventure, she does not have to give ground to China’s undemocratic tenure. If only. It is a good chance for her to learn about ideals and reality.

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