Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wished China a cheerful Lunar New Year on Tuesday, however mentioned she is not going to yield to Chinese stress and reiterated a name for dialogue to renew with Beijing.
China, which claims democratic Taiwan as its personal territory, has elevated its army exercise across the island in latest months, responding to what Beijing calls “collusion” between Taipei and Washington, Taiwan’s most necessary worldwide backer.
Speaking after a gathering with senior safety officers, Tsai mentioned Taiwan was in shut contact with “relevant countries” in regards to the state of affairs within the Taiwan Strait, which separates the island from its big neighbour.
Chinese army plane and warships working round Taiwan will not be conducive to peace and stability within the Indo-Pacific area, she added.
“I would like to reiterate that Taiwan’s consistent position on cross-strait relations is neither to succumb to pressure nor to advance rashly when we get support,” Tsai mentioned.
Taiwan needs “meaningful talks” with China on the idea of equality and mutual respect, so long as Beijing needs to ease the stand-off, she added.
“Cross-strait peace is not a unilateral issue for Taiwan. The key lies in China’s hands. Historical experience has proven that verbal attacks and military threats against Taiwan will not help cross-strait relations.”
Taiwan and China this week each mark the Lunar New Year, historically crucial vacation of the 12 months for each, marking the arrival of spring.
“We would also like to wish the people on the other side of the strait a happy new year and hope to jointly promote peace and stability on both sides of the strait,” Tsai mentioned.
There was no instant response from China, which has rebuffed earlier calls from Tsai for dialogue, believing she is a separatist bent on Taiwan’s independence.
In January, China mentioned Taiwan was participating in a “cheap trick” after Tsai once more known as for talks.
Tsai has repeatedly mentioned Taiwan is already an impartial nation known as the Republic of China, its formal title.
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