U.S. calls for resumption of cross-strait talks

The United States has called for the resumption of dialogue between Taiwan and China after Beijing forced the cancellation of the 2019 East Asian Youth Games scheduled to be held in Taiwan.

"The United States has a deep and abiding interest in cross-Strait stability and believes the dialogue between the two sides that has enabled peace, stability, and development in recent years should resume," said a U.S. Department of State spokesperson when asked by CNA for reaction to Beijing's move.

"The United States urges all concerned parties to engage in productive dialogue and to avoid escalatory or destabilizing moves," the spokesperson said.

The 2019 East Asian Youth Games, to be held in Taichung after the city was awarded the games in October 2014, were called off under Chinese pressure at an extraordinary meeting of the East Asian Olympic Committee (EAOC) in Beijing on Tuesday.

The pretext for the decision was a concern raised by China over a public campaign in Taiwan to hold a referendum on whether Taiwan should participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games as "Taiwan" rather than its standard Olympic name of "Chinese Taipei."

Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory and objects to symbols or names that suggest Taiwan is independent from China.

The move was just Beijing's latest move in its campaign to marginalize Taiwan internationally since Tsai Ing-wen (???) of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party became president in May 2016, including poaching four of its diplomatic allies in the past two years.

But the U.S. has continued to voice support for Taiwan amid the pressure.

The spokesperson said the U.S. supports Taiwan's membership in international organizations that do not require statehood and its meaningful participation in organizations that require statehood for membership.

"This includes ICAO, INTERPOL, WHO, and the more than 60 international organizations in which Taiwan participates. The United States remains committed to supporting Taiwan as it seeks to expand its already significant contributions to addressing global challenges," the spokesperson said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel