Published: Thu, January 16, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

On Taiwan's front with China, a constant state of vigilance

On Taiwan's front with China, a constant state of vigilance

Will the United States stay with Taiwan? It has never been ruled by the People's Republic of China, so the Chinese use of the terms "reunification" and "secession" is inappropriate.

Differing political systems are neither "an obstacle to unification nor an excuse" for maintaining the current state of Taiwan's de-facto independence, Ma Xiaoguang said at a bi-weekly news conference on Wednesday.

"Because [for more than] three years we're seeing China has been intensifying its threat. they have their military vessels and aircraft cruising around the island", Tsai said.

The military exercise was meant to show Taiwan's readiness for defending against an attack on a military emplacement.

After Tsai's victory, China doubled its "principle of one China", and Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang emphasized: "There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China".

But it is clear that Ms Tsai believes her victory is proof of how little appetite there now is for the One China concept and the ambiguity it allowed over Taiwan's real status.

"This sentiment is a result of the actions of the DPP authority and the Taiwanese secessionists who went against the trend of the time", said Ma.

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On Wednesday, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese cabinet said that Beijing would not change its policy to take control of Taiwan through its "one country, two systems, quot; framework, despite the large participation of favor of the independentistas candidates".

The tide of the times - the cross-Strait situation moving toward peace and stability and cross-Strait relations continuing to move forward - can not be stopped by any force or anyone, he said.

The Chinese Communist Party has since a long time ago guaranteed sway over Taiwan and the privilege to take it by power if essential.

Hu also urged the Trump administration against siding with a Taiwanese attempt at succession, declaring that Washington "cannot just consider public opinion in Taiwanese society while disregarding public opinion on the mainland".

For President Tsai's critics, her stance is needlessly provocative, one that only risks increasing the very danger she warns about - open hostility.

Benda also congratulated Taiwan on holding last week's presidential election last week and living up to its democratic values. We are already an independent country and we call ourselves the Republic of China, Taiwan, "she said".

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