Taiwan president urges China to review policy after election win

16 Janvier, 2020, 10:58 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • President Tsai greets US delegation

After Tsai's victory, China doubled its "principle of one China", and Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang emphasized: "There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China". China sees Taiwan as a renegade province.

In her first media interview with the BBC, published on Wednesday, Tsai urged Beijing to "face reality" and show the island "respect". Taiwan says it is an independent country, called the Republic of China, its official name.

For decades, it was a dictatorship under Chiang Kai-shek's nationalists following their 1949 defeat to the communists in China's civil war.

China insists on its acceptance as a prerequisite for building economic ties with Taiwan, precisely because doing so is an explicit denial of its existence as a de facto island state.

He also slammed country leaders who had congratulated Tsai's win, including the US, Britain, and Japan.

"We're a successful democracy, we have a pretty decent economy, we deserve respect from China", Tsai said.

Tsai, who was re-elected to a second term in a landslide victory over the weekend, told an impromptu press conference at the Presidential Office that she had signed the Anti-Infiltration Act into law earlier on Wednesday, emphasizing that her government is against infiltration, but not against exchanges.

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The president's comments come days after China's top diplomat said that unification with China was a "historical inevitability" and that anyone who opposed it would "stink for 10,000 years", an idiom to mean someone will go down in infamy. "This round of local elections in Taiwan can not change the state of Taiwan as part of China", Ma said.

"I hope the Chinese side can understand in-depth the opinion and will expressed by Taiwanese people in this election and can review some of their current policies", she told reporters on Wednesday.

For President Tsai's critics, her stance is needlessly provocative, one that only risks increasing the very danger she warns about - open hostility.

"Your government will continue to try to improve Taiwan's military capabilities through United States weapons and indigenous defense systems", said Zhang Baohui, professor of political science and director of the Asia-Pacific Studies Center at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi dismissed her victory and warned supporters of Taiwan independence during a week-long tour through Africa.

Western defense analysts have advocated a "porcupine strategy" for Taiwan that would deter Beijing from military action by making it too painful for China to invade.

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