Thursday, 01 October, 2020

Democratic Taiwan has just sent a huge message to China - Steve Cardownie

China says Taiwan policy intact despite election results Sixty countries including Belize congratulate President Tsai of Taiwan on her re-election
Deanna Wagner | 16 January, 2020, 23:27

The special thing is that this military exercise of Tsai is taking place at a time when China has said that Taiwan should be brought under its control by force in its territory.

The poll, conducted by the Cross-Strait Policy Association after Saturday's elections, showed that 59.5 percent of the respondents said they had confidence in Tsai's handling of cross-strait affairs, while 59.8 percent said the Communist Party of China should resume talks with the DPP.

Such statements infuriate Beijing, which wants a return to the "One China" principle favoured by the main rival she saw off in the race for president, Han Kuo-yu from the Kuomintang party.

"We don't have a need to declare ourselves an independent state", Tsai told BBC, adding, "We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China, Taiwan".

The Chinese mainland's policy toward Taiwan remains unchanged in the wake of the island's recent elections, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

President Tsai Ing-wen, who was re-elected after a landslide on January 11 after promising to stand up to China's threats, has made strengthening the Taiwanese defense a top priority, including strengthening the domestic defense industry so that high-tech Equipment such as submarines can be made.

In all such drills, the assumed enemy is the military of China.

In recent years, that concept of One China has proved a useful compromise, Taiwanese supporters of it argue.

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The U.S. was quick to congratulate Tsai on her election win, with Secretary of State Michael Pompeo calling Taiwan a "model for the Indo-Pacific region and a force for good in the world". Taipei considers the Republic of China, the official name of Taiwan, its "One China".

China has not so far flexed its military muscles in response to the vote, but state media has suggested it is an option.

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

"They don't like the idea of being threatened all the time".

"If Tsai supports the Tsai administration in making a new provocative move, it will have to bear the consequences", he warned.

Beijing, which has promised one day to take Taiwan by force if necessary, does not like Tsai, who has launched herself as a defender of liberal democratic values against an increasingly authoritarian China.

"Invading Taiwan is something that is going to be very costly for China".