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Schrage does not represent U.S. government: DPP

2015/03/21 20:46:23

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) The latest comment by former American Institute in Taiwan Managing Director Barbara Schrage on the China policy of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was simply an expression of her personal opinion and did not reflect the view of the U.S. government, the DPP said on Saturday.

In a statement, DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu said he talked to U.S. officials and was told that Schrage had not been authorized to speak on behalf of her government.

The DPP maintains close relations with the U.S. government, making it unnecessary for Washington to use such "unauthorized channels" to pass messages to the party, Wu said.

He added that the DPP hopes Schrage's remarks will not be over-interpreted or adversely influence the outcome of democratic elections in Taiwan.

Speaking during a discussion on U.S.-Taiwan relations held by the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. on Friday, Schrage urged the DPP to clarify its China policy before the next presidential election in 2016, to assuage public skepticism.

Schrage also said the DPP should not evade the "1992 consensus" issue and should work to find ways to narrow its differences of opinion with Beijing.

(By Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low)
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