President’s position on cross-strait ties unchanged: scholar

President Tsai Ing-wen invites guests to enjoy the performances at the National Day reception held at Taipei Guest House on Oct. 10, 2017. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) remarks on cross-Taiwan Strait ties in her National Day speech Tuesday were designed to tell Beijing again that her repeated commitment to maintaining the cross-strait status quo has not changed, a Taiwanese scholar said that day.

Peng Huei-en (彭懷恩), a part-time visiting professor at Shih Hsin University’s Department of Journalism, said that as a veteran in handling cross-strait relations, Tsai was careful not to make her remarks provocative but to make them acceptable for all parties concerned.

“Tsai wants to demonstrate again to Beijing that her position on cross-strait relations has not changed in the wake of Premier Lai Ching-te’s (賴清德) recent remarks on his personal position in support of Taiwan independence,” Peng said.

In her speech, Tsai reiterated her position that “our goodwill will not change, our commitments will not change, we will not revert to the old path of confrontation, and we will not bow to pressure.” “This has been my consistent position on cross-strait relations,” Tsai said.

On Sept. 26, when delivering his first administrative report to the Legislature, Lai said his status as a “pro-Taiwan independence politician” would remain unchanged, regardless of his office, and that it was not antithetical to his “pro-China, loving Taiwan” stance.

By Lu Hsin-hui, Ku Chuan and Romulo Huang