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DPP pledges to work to maintain cross-strait stability
【Cross Straits】2016-04-02  14:30:25
Taipei, April 2 (CNA) The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday said it has taken note of a statement by the U.S. government encouraging Taipei and Beijing to continue their efforts to maintain cross-Taiwan Strait peace and stability.

"Cross-strait peace and stability is the joint responsibility of the two sides. We will work hard for it," DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) said.

Wang added that the DPP also appreciated Washington's commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act and its attention to cross-strait peace.

He was responding to remarks made by U.S. National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Dan Kritenbrink in a press briefing held Thursday, prior to a meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping (習近平).

On a question related to Taiwan, Kritenbrink said he expected the issue of Taiwan would be raised in the meeting because it almost always comes up in any meeting between the two presidents.

"What I'm confident will happen, if and when that issue is raised, is that President Obama will make very clear that we remain committed to our One-China Policy based on both the Three Joint Communiqués and the Taiwan Relations Act," he said.

Under the Taiwan Relations Act, Washington agrees to provide Taiwan the means to defend itself, including by selling arms to the island. And in the Three Joint Communiques signed by the U.S. and People's Republic of China as the two sides normalized relations in the 1970s and 1980s, both sides agreed to respect each other's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and the United States formally acknowledged the desire of Chinese people for a unified and undivided China.

Kritenbrink also said: "I'm confident he'll also make very clear that we have welcomed the historic progress in cross-strait relations over the last eight years, and we'd like to see that progress, that peace and that stability to continue."

He added: "Our fundamental national interest, of course, is in the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. And we have encouraged both counterparts in Beijing and in Taipei to continue that work as the new DPP administration under Tsai Ing-wen comes into power in Taipei" in May.

(By Sophia Yeh and Y.F. Low)
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