With the leaders of North and South Korea taking the first symbolic steps toward reconciliation, the world is focusing on Taiwan and China.
Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, spoke on Monday about the possibility of meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. She said in a radio interview that the two sides would first need to reestablish communication, which has stalled since she took office nearly two years ago.
“We are willing to consider the possibility [of a meeting]. There needs to be a certain amount of flexibility, and we are willing to consider it. But there are two things that I will insist upon: it must be on an equal footing, and there must not be any political preconditions," said Tsai.
President Tsai said that cross-strait relations have been bumpy, but are still relatively stable. She said that Taiwan hopes to strengthen ties, but that her basic stance on issues will not change.
Tsai was also quick to point out differences between cross-strait relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula. She said that there’s a regional consensus that North Korea should abandon its nuclear weapons.
But Tsai said that cross-strait concerns revolve around the sovereignty of Taiwan, which she said she was not willing to give up.