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Taiwan: Senior DPP member visits US

By Agencies

Taiwan: Senior DPP member visits US
This photo taken on Oct 31, 2015 shows Joseph Wu (center-in white), director of foreign affairs to Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), joining a gay rights parade in Taipei. (AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh)

TAIPEI - A senior member of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will visit the United States after the party's landslide election win at the weekend.

DPP secretary-general Joseph Wu leaves for Washington on Monday.

Tsai Ing-wen's DPP won in presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday.

Major principles and policies concerning Taiwan are consistent and clear, and will not change after the results of the island's elections held on Saturday, according to the mainland's Taiwan affairs authority. "We will continue to adhere to the 1992 Consensus and resolutely oppose any form of secessionist activities seeking 'Taiwan independence'," reads a statement, issued by the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

The Global Times said in an editorial on Monday Tsai should consider the opinions of China's 1.3 billion people as well as Taiwan's own people when it came to relations across the Taiwan Strait.

"Trying to use chips like 'Taiwan public opinion' to guide cross-Strait relations is not only unrealistic, it is also dangerous. Tsai Ing-wen should not instil this illusion into Taiwan society," the editorial reads.

"The mainland has patience when it comes to the Taiwan issue, but it also has principles and a bottom line," it said.

Wu is the DPP's senior national security official and will deliver a keynote speech discussing the aftermath of the vote at a think tank in Washington on Tuesday, although the DPP described his trip as "routine" and gave no other details.

Former US Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Chairman Ray Burghardt met DPP officials on Monday.

Burns and Burghardt would "convey the United States' support for Taiwan's continued prosperity and growth, as well as our longstanding interest in cross-Strait peace and stability", according to a statement by the AIT.

The United States needs to respect China's core interests, including stopping selling weapons to Taiwan and ending military patrols close to Chinese islets in the South China Sea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his US counterpart last month.

"As the US seeks cooperation with China, it ought to respect China's core interests and important matters of concern," the statement paraphrased Wang as saying.

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