Taiwan President, Ing-wen reaffirmed her political stand on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, that the island was not part of China and said the country rejected China’s proposal for “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy. Indicating a strong resentment over China’s sovereignty claim in Taiwan, the President called for talks so that both sides could coexist.
Tsai Views on Taiwan’s Stand
After being sworn in for her second and final term in office on Wednesday, Tsai said in a statement that relations between Taiwan and China had reached a historical turning point by adding that “Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences.” China has halted formal talks with Taiwan after Tsai first won the election in 2016 since Beijing viewed Tsai as a separatist bent on formal independence for Taiwan.
Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party, which oppose pro-China stance, won presidential and parliamentary elections in January by a landslide victory and promised to stand up to China.
In the statement, Tsai reflected, “Here, I want to reiterate the words ‘peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue’. We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘one country, two systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle.”
Earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping has made efforts to bring Taiwan under the “one country, two systems” policy and claimed that China would use force, if required, to take control of the island. Tsai said, “Taiwan is an independent state called the Republic of China, its official name, and does not want to be part of the People’s Republic of China governed by Beijing.”
Taiwan Gets Ready for Dialogue
Tsai asserted that Taiwan has been making the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the democratic island from its neighbor country, China. Considering the fear around the Chinese military drilling in the strait, she stated, “We will continue these efforts, and we are willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security.”
Despite having growing pressure from Beijing, Tsai said that Taiwan would continue its fight to participate in international organizations and “bolster ties with the United States, Japan, Europe, and other like-minded countries”.
The US has been backing Taiwan’s struggle for its independence from China which brought another source of deep political tension between Washington and Beijing. Currently, the Trump administration has strongly backed Taiwan with arms sales and diplomatic support, even though the US recognized only China’s government.
On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations to Tsai, praising her “courage and vision in leading Taiwan’s vibrant democracy”, which was a rare high-level message coming from Washington to the Taiwanese government.
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