Ex-AIT official criticizes Beijing over its Taiwan approach

2017/08/18 21:46:31
CNA file photo

CNA file photo

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) A former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) director on Friday said Beijing has made a mistake by not trying to reach out to Taiwan.

China's attempt to bully President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) also demonstrates a lack of foresight, Stephen Young told reporters after a forum on Taiwan-U.S. relations held in Taipei.

He said Tsai, who led her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to victory in last year's legislative elections, has many domestic challenges to deal with and will not change her focus because of what Beijing did.

Beijing's current approach toward Taiwan and the situation in Hong Kong only make people in Taiwan feel China is not trustworthy, he argued.

He pointed out China has proposed "one country, two systems" as the model for unification with Taiwan, but the model's unsuccessful experience in the former British colony has made it hard to win the trust of the Taiwanese.

Relations between Taiwan and China have been at a standstill since Tsai and the pro-independence DPP came to power in May 2016.

Beijing has frozen official talks between the two sides because Tsai's government refuses to endorse the "1992 consensus," which implies China and Taiwan are part of "one China."

(By Elaine Hou and Y.F. Low)
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