Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Tsai rejects China's 'one country, two systems'

Both Taiwan Candidates Rule Out Moves Toward China Unification Tsai rejects China's 'one country, two systems'
Patty Aguilar | 12 October, 2019, 09:48

With an election due in January, Tsai sought to appeal to a broad range of people, referring throughout the speech to the Republic of China.

While the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led pan-green camp lauded her clear statement reaffirming Taiwan's national sovereignty, the Kuomintang (KMT)-led pan-blue camp questioned the words "Republic of China (Taiwan)" that she used for Taiwan's national title.

Taiwan's President said unrest in Hong Kong showed Beijing's "failure" in governing the city, and vowed to defend her democratically run island's sovereignty.

Speaking at a luncheon at the Yushan Forum in Taipei, Sanders said the mainstream United States media could not believe that Trump had beaten Hilary Clinton and won the 2016 election, and they were less than chuffed to see him win.

Beijing also suspended the issuance of permits for individual Chinese travelers in August, a move that escalated tensions by hurting the Taiwan's economy.

Over the past year, China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan, parading its military might and wooing the island's few remaining formal diplomatic allies. But following U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's blistering broadside against China in October a year ago, the Taiwanese leader has also ramped up the rhetoric.

"I think the president's statements and viewpoints parallel what the U.S.is saying at the moment, as they (both) see China as a competitor", said Alexander Huang, strategic studies professor at Tamkang University in Taiwan. In response, Tsai said the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" arrangement.

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"China is encroaching on us through their sharp power, but as a crucial member of the region, we know that Taiwan must fulfill its responsibilities to the worldwide community", Tsai said.

So while it is hardly new that the People's Republic considers Taiwan as part of its territory and insists on leaving open the use force should peaceful reunification prove impossible, the timing is important. This year alone, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has approved two major arms sales to Taiwan.

Meanwhile, the People First Party legislative caucus said in a statement that Tsai has consistently called for unity and dialogue in her annual National Day addresses since she took office in May 2016, but there has been a lack of execution and action.

Cruz, a Republican from Texas who sits on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, said the ongoing protests in Hong Kong highlighted the value of freedom of democracy.

Then Taiwan could forge diplomatic ties as a new nation, as the ROC is an illegal regime and not recognized by the global community, they said. Taking a dig across the Taiwan Strait, Cruz said, "The Chinese government is terrified by the idea of freedom, which is why Beijing continues to attempt to isolate Taiwan", reports CNA.

They also rejected a proposed new ID scheme, Yang said, adding that the government should replace the name ROC with Taiwan on any new ID cards, but not use electronic chips in them, which would allow the collection of personal data.

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