‘China’ll not change po­si­tion on Tai­wan af­ter land­slide elec­tion’

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CHINA will not change its po­si­tion that Tai­wan be­longs to it, Bei­jing said on Sun­day, af­ter Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen won re­elec­tion and said she would not sub­mit to China’s threats, as state me­dia warned she was court­ing dis­as­ter, Reuters re­ports.

The elec­tion cam­paign was dom­i­nated by China’s ef­forts to get the demo­cratic is­land to ac­cept Bei­jing’s rule un­der a “one coun­try, two sys­tems” model, as well as by anti-gov­ern­ment protests in Chi­nese-ruled Hong Kong.

“No mat­ter what changes there are to the in­ter­nal sit­u­a­tion in Tai­wan, the ba­sic fact that there is only one China in the world and Tai­wan is part of China will not change,” China’s For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment.

While China says Tai­wan is its ter­ri­tory, Tai­wan main­tains it is an in­de­pen­dent coun­try called the Re­pub­lic of China, its for­mal name.

Tsai, who has firmly re­jected China’s “one coun­try, two sys­tems” model, won an­other four-year term by a land­slide on Satur­day, and her Demo­cratic

Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) se­cured a ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment.

“Tai­wan’s peo­ple once again use the vote in their hands to show the world the value of democ­racy,” Tsai said on Sun­day when meet­ing the head of the United States’ de facto em­bassy in Taipei, Brent Chris­tensen.

“Democ­racy and free­dom are in­deed Tai­wan’s most valu­able as­set and the foun­da­tion of the long-term Tai­wan-us part­ner­ship,” Tsai said, vow­ing to deepen co­op­er­a­tion with the United States on is­sues from de­fense to econ­omy.

On Satur­day, Tsai called for talks to re­sume with China, but said she hoped Bei­jing un­der­stood Tai­wan and its peo­ple would not sub­mit to in­tim­i­da­tion.

How­ever, China will not change its stance on the “one China” prin­ci­ple and op­pos­ing Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence, the Chi­nese for­eign min­istry said.

“The univer­sal con­sen­sus of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity ad­her­ing to the ‘one China’ prin­ci­ple will not change ei­ther.”

China hoped the world would sup­port the “just cause” of Chi­nese peo­ple to op­pose se­ces­sion­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and “re­al­ize na­tional re­uni­fi­ca­tion”, it added.

Tai­wan’s Main­land Af­fairs Coun­cil said China should re­spect the elec­tion re­sult and stop putting pres­sure on the is­land.

“Our gov­ern­ment will firmly de­fend the sovereignt­y of the Re­pub­lic of China and Tai­wan’s democ­racy and free­dom,” it said.

China’s of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency said Tsai won by de­ploy­ing dirty tricks, hyp­ing the China threat and col­lud­ing with Western forces.

“Whether it is to curb Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence se­ces­sion­ist ac­tiv­i­ties or to ben­e­fit Tai­wan com­pa­tri­ots, the main­land has a full ‘pol­icy tool­box’,” it said.

“Tsai and the DPP must be aware that they should not act wil­fully be­cause of a fluke.”

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo con­grat­u­lated Tsai and lauded her for seek­ing sta­bil­ity with China “in the face of un­re­lent­ing pres­sure”.

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