New York- Former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (???) on Tuesday called on China's President Xi Jinping (???) to hold talks with Taiwan on the basis of the universal value of peace.
Yu made the comment while in the United States at the head of the Taiwanese delegation to attend the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump scheduled for Friday in Washington, D.C.
Since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office in May last year, Taipei has been keen to see an improvement in relations between Taiwan and China and has been sincere in its maintenance of the status quo in cross-strait relations, Yu said, adding that the ball is firmly in China's court when it comes to improving bilateral ties.
Yu also urged the two sides to pursue positive interactions and create a mutually beneficial relationship through pragmatic and candid negotiations.
Commenting on the telephone call between Tsai and Trump on Dec. 2, 2016 -- the first between the leaders of the United States and Taiwan since 1979 -- Yu noted that Taipei kept the telephone conversation low key and that it was Trump who made it public.
Although, from a public relations perspective, it is difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of the call, it enhanced Taiwan's visibility and cemented Tsai's place in the international community, which would help to resolve Taiwan-related issues, according to Yu.
However, analysts have said the call had a negative impact on already strained relations between Taipei and Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory, to be unified by force if necessary and has warned the U.S. and other countries against official contacts with the island.
Asked whether he plans to meet members of the Trump transition team, Yu said such matters are arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, adding that even if it happens, it would not be made public, based on past practice and a tacit agreement between Taipei and Washington.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel