Wall Street Journal: Tsai urges Beijing to talk with Taiwan

President Tsai Ing-wen has urged Beijing to hold talks with her government without preconditions. The call came in a Tuesday interview with the Wall Street Journal. President Tsai Ing-wen says that she and her administration have done the best they can to express goodwill toward Beijing.

Beijing officials have all but cut off communication with Taiwan since taking office. That's because of President Tsai's refusal to voice support for the 1992 Consensus, which her predecessor had used as a way of engaging China. Under the consensus, the two sides agree that there is one China with each side reserving their own interpretation of what that means.

Tsai says she has acknowledged the historical fact that the two sides met in 1992 and came to a consensus. But so far, that has not been enough to satisfy Beijing. She said she hopes the two sides can sit down and resolve misunderstandings.

I hope that Mainland China does not misunderstand our peaceful approach, or misjudge the situation and think that the Taiwanese people will buckle under pressure," said Tsai. "But I also hope that the two sides will soon sit down and hold talks, so we can improve our communication and clear up any misunderstandings. That way we can find mutually acceptable solutions to many of the issues we currently face.

When asked whether she would sit down with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Tsai said that she would like to hold talks with Xi without any preconditions. She said the whole point of holding talks is to understand differences in perspective. She said that using a political framework would limit the scope of cross-strait talks and hinder positive developments in Taiwan-China relations.

Source: Radio Taiwan International