President Tsai Ing-wen said she hopes Mainland China can communicate with Taiwan without precondition and help resolve the differences between the two sides. She was quoted in an interview with the Japanese national daily Yomiuri Shimbon.
Beijing has all but cut off communication with Taiwan since Tsai took office in May. That’s because the president has declined to acknowledge the so-called 1992 Consensus, the platform for dialogue under the previous administration. The consensus refers to one China with each side reserving their own interpretation of what that means.
Tsai says she and her administration have done their best to show goodwill to China by acknowledging the historical fact that representatives of the two sides met in 1992. But that has not been enough to satisfy Beijing. Tsai has called for talks without any preset political framework in order to resolve differences and misunderstandings.
In the interview, Tsai also praised the younger generation in Taiwan as open-minded regarding different values and cultures. She said she encourages young people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait to exchange their ideas and experiences in order to promote better understanding.
Source: Radio Taiwan International