US slammed for con­grat­u­lat­ing Tai­wan’s Tsai on elec­tion win

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Bei­jing, China - China on Sun­day slammed of­fi­cials from the US and other coun­tries for con­grat­u­lat­ing Tai­wan Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen af­ter she was re-elected with a land­slide vic­tory in a stun­ning re­buke of Bei­jing’s cam­paign to iso­late the self-ruled is­land.

Tsai, who had pitched her­self as a de­fender of lib­eral demo­cratic val­ues against an in­creas­ingly au­thor­i­tar­ian China, se­cured a record-break­ing win in Satur­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo, as well as top diplo­mats from Bri­tain and Ja­pan, is­sued state­ments con­grat­u­lat­ing Tsai and the is­land’s demo­cratic elec­tions.

But Bei­jing, which views Tai­wan as part of its ter­ri­tory, de­nounced their ac­tions as vi­o­lat­ing the one-China prin­ci­ple.

“The Chi­nese side ex­presses strong dis­sat­is­fac­tion and res­o­lute op­po­si­tion to this,” said For­eign Min­istry spokesman Geng Shuang.

‘We op­pose any form of of­fi­cial ex­change be­tween Tai­wan and coun­tries that have es­tab­lished di­plo­matic re­la­tions with China,’ he said in a state­ment.

Chi­nese state me­dia also sought to down­play Tsai’s vic­tory and cast doubt on the le­git­i­macy of her cam­paign by ac­cus­ing the Tai­wanese leader of ‘dirty tac­tics’ and cheat­ing.

Tsai and her Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party (DPP) used ‘dirty tac­tics such as cheat­ing, re­pres­sion and in­tim­i­da­tion to get votes, fully ex­pos­ing their self­ish, greedy and evil na­ture’, said of­fi­cial news agency Xin­hua in an op-ed on Sun­day.

Xin­hua also ac­cused Tsai of buy­ing votes, and said ‘ex­ter­nal dark forces’ were partly re­spon­si­ble for the elec­tion re­sults.

Bei­jing, which has vowed to one day take Tai­wan - by force if nec­es­sary - loathes Tsai be­cause she re­fuses to ac­knowl­edge the idea that Tai­wan is part of ‘one China’.

China dou­bled down on its ‘one-China prin­ci­ple’ af­ter Tsai’s vic­tory, with Geng em­pha­sis­ing Sun­day that ‘re­gard­less of what hap­pens in Tai­wan, the ba­sic facts won’t change: There is only one China in the world and Tai­wan is part of China’.

‘The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion won’t change’, he added in a state­ment.


Tai­wan’s Pres­i­dent Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei on Satur­day

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