ROC hopes Bush further promotes cross-strait ties


The Republic of China looks forward to seeing the new U.S. government play the role of “promoter” in relations across the Taiwan Strait, a visiting ROC official said here Saturday.

Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council, which charts Taiwan’s policy toward mainland China, made the statement upon her arrival in San Francisco on her first trip to the United States since taking office last May.

Tsai said ROC officials have made direct or indirect exchanges of views with the new U.S. administration officials in the past few months. The sophisticated mainland policy planner said her feelings are that “there is room for expectations” of further strengthening or improvement of relations with the United States.

Tsai will deliver a speech on the ROC’s current cross-strait policy at a dinner to be sponsored by the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce in the San Francisco Bay Area. Tsai told CNA that her speech will focus on the ROC government’s goodwill to Beijing and its sincerity to promote cross strait detente and stability. Tsai further said she is convinced that Taiwan’s and Beijing’s accession to the World Trade Organization will bring new opportunities for cross-strait cooperation and will also be helpful to opening direct trade, transport and mail links.