Taiwan wants good relations with U.S., stable cross-strait ties

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/13 17:29:35

Taipei, Dec. 13 (CNA) The goal of Taiwan’s foreign policy is to build good relations with the international community and maintain a stable cross-Taiwan Strait relationship, the Presidential Office said Tuesday.

Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said the goal, which is clear, is to establish good relations with the international community, including the United States, so that Taiwan can more actively participate in, and contribute to, the international community.

The government is also committed to maintaining stable and good cross-strait relations, Huang said.

Taiwan’s core interests will be to ensure the nation’s freedom and democracy, as well as regional peace and stability, no matter what the changes may arise, he added.

Huang’s comments came after President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) spoke with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a Dec. 2 telephone conversation, the first of its kind since the United States switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing in 1979.

Trump’s departure from convention angered Beijing, but the U.S. president-elect has continued to be defiant.

He suggested during an interview with Fox News Sunday that adhering to the “One China” policy could be used as a bargaining chip on contentious issues like China’s currency and its activity in the South China Sea.

“I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘One China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade,” he said in the interview.

Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, rejected Trump’s suggestion that American support for Taiwan is negotiable. “Taiwan is not a source of leverage,” Earnest said Monday. “It’s a close partner of the United States.”

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Lilian Wu)
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