US-Taiwan NSC meet does not mean US supports President Tsai: ex-AIT chair

08-Jun-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:00 AM Print This Post

The fact that Taiwan’s National Security Council (NSC) Secretary general David Lee met United States’ National Security Adviser John Bolton last month does not mean that Washington supports President Tsai Ing-wen, former American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chair Richard Bush said Thursday (June 6).

He said the meeting, the first at its level in 40 years, should be seen as part of a negative reaction by the Trump Administration against China’s designs in the Asia Pacific and as an expression of the common interests between the US and Taiwan, the United Evening News reported.

When China fired missiles around Taiwan in the run-up to the island’s first direct presidential elections in 1996, there were also meetings between Taiwan’s NSC chief and a, according to Bush.

Last month’s meeting in the US between Bolton and Lee did not signify Washington was supporting Tsai, he added.

The president has been facing a vigorous challenge from within the Democratic Progressive Party, in the person of ex-Premier William Lai.

Bush told a radio interview that he understood the Taiwanese public would consider a “US element,” but Washington had no intention of interfering with the January 11, 2020 elections.

The only reason for any US interest was its concern for regional stability, but it would respect the will of the Taiwanese people, Bush emphasized.

A day earlier, he had described US policies toward Taiwan as “schizophrenic,” as part of the Trump Administration was in favour of close military and foreign-relations ties to the island, while others were less certain about the trade aspect of the relationship.


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