U.S. encourages 'constructive dialogue' ahead of Ma-Xi meeting

11/04/2015 01:07 PM
 U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau

Washington, Nov. 3 (CNA) U.S. State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Tuesday that the United States encourages "constructive dialogue" between Taiwan and China after the U.S. became aware of reports about the upcoming meeting between the leaders of the two sides.

"We welcome the steps both sides of the Taiwan Strait have taken in recent years to reduce tensions and improve cross-strait relations," Trudeau said at a daily press briefing in response to Taiwanese reporters' questions about the scheduled meeting between President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) of Taiwan and Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) Saturday in Singapore.

"The benefits that stable and positive cross-strait ties have brought to both sides of the Taiwan Strait, the United States, and the region have been enormous. We encourage authorities in Beijing and Taipei to continue their constructive dialogue on the basis of dignity and respect," she said.

"We believe cross-strait issues should be resolved peacefully in a manner, pace, and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the strait. We have welcomed the steps both sides of the Taiwan Strait have taken in recent years. I'm not going to speculate in advance of this. We've seen the reports. We'd welcome all steps," Trudeau said.

Trudeau declined to speak about whether the U.S. was aware of the Ma-Xi meeting before the news release, nor whether the U.S. played a role in facilitating this meeting behind the scenes.

This is a meeting that the media would refer to the leaders of Taiwan and China to discuss, Trudeau noted.

Taiwan's Presidential Office said Tuesday that the Ma-Xi meeting is aimed at cementing peace and maintaining the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.

President Ma will not sign any agreement or issue any joint declaration during his visit to Singapore, according to the Presidential Office.

(By Ria Cheng and Jeffrey Wu)ENDITEM/ke

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