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Peace in Taiwan Strait is Important for Regional Security, Tsai Says

ASUNCION - The maintenance of peace in the Taiwan Strait "represents a very important part in regional security" Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen said today in an interview with reporters during her visit to Paraguay.

"Regardless of the ruling party in Taiwan, we always have a unique and common goal, which is to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait," said Tsai of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (PDP).

She also explained that she is "certain" that all parties interested in maintaining peace in the Taiwan Strait "will assist in one way or another" to pursue that goal.

"All parties will work hand in hand, taking into account that peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits represent the maximum interest for all relevant parties," Tsai said.

The Taiwanese president, who is on an official visit to Paraguay until Thursday, also spoke of the recent suspension of communication between her country and mainland China.

"We will continue to dialogue with mainland China although at present, official negotiation channels are being temporarily interrupted but still there are other options for communication and dialogue," said Tsai.

The Taiwanese government said this weekend that it will "continue to open the door to cross-strait communication and dialogue, to maintain the existing mechanisms," according to Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), calling on "both sides to work together to protect people's rights and well-being."

China's suspension of official communications with Taiwan came as the Taiwanese president headed to Panama last weekend to attend the inauguration ceremony of the Panama Canal expansion from where she continued to travel to Paraguay.

Paraguay is the only South American country to maintain diplomatic ties with the government of Taipei and the first country Tsai pays an official visit to, after being sworn into office on May 20, when Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes was present.

Latin America and the Caribbean is Taiwan's main diplomatic bastion in its sovereignty dispute with China as 12 of 22 diplomatic allies of Taiwan belong to this region of the world including Paraguay.

 

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