Xi Jin-ping Should be Concerned With What Tsai Ing-wen Will Do If She Becomes Taiwan President

Xi Jin-ping Should be Concerned With What Tsai Ing-wen Will Do If She Becomes Taiwan President
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Xi might tell the US that China has not realized how dangerous the stand of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen are. Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan Richard Bush says that if so, Obama should urge Xi that China needs to react carefully towards Tsai's victory to avoid worsening sensitive issues.

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Chinese President Xi Jin-ping has arrived in Seattle, US and marks his first state visit to the US. There will be a summit held between Xi and the US president Barack Obama at the White House on September 25. Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan and the present Director of Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution Richard Bush has published an article forecasting the cross-strait issues that may be discussed in the summit, and gives three suggestions for the US if Xi talks about the possible future of Tsai Ing-wen becoming Taiwan’s president in the presidential election next year.

CNA reports, Bush speculates that Xi might tell the US that they have not realized how dangerous the stand of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen are. Bush says that if so, Obama should urge Xi that China needs to react carefully towards Tsai’s victory to avoid worsening sensitive issues.

Bush also suggests that Obama should remind Xi that in this election, the internal factors are more important than the external factors, and he should encourage Xi to achieve the following three points:

First, when Tsai does not say something that challenges China’s interests, he should give Tsai affirmation. Second, take advantage of the four-month period starting from before the inauguration to create more common grounds for both sides, reduce misunderstandings and figure out how to cope with the differences. Third, do not just focus on what Tsai has said or done in the past, but focus more on what she would do if she becomes the president.

Apple Daily reports that the US National Security Advisor Susan Rice says Beijing should release the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo, human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, independent reporter Gao Yu, Uighur scholar Ilham Toxti and so on. Regarding Taiwan issues, Rice reiterates the US’s stand that disapproves both China and Taiwan to unilaterally change the status quo.

CNA reports, the White House National Security Council senior director for Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink and the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel say that when Xi talks about the vision of the cross-strait relationship, the US will remain the same position that “The Three Joint Communiqués" and the One China policy according to the Taiwan Relations Act. In addition, the US also respects the democratic procedure in Taiwan and will not interfere with it.

Translated by Vic
Edited by Olivia Yang

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