TAIWAN PRESIDENT NIXES BEIJING, SAYS THERE’S NOTHING TO ‘REUNIFY’
Newly-reelected Taiwan President Tsang Ing-wen has rejected becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy that brings to mind the formula for Hong Kong, which has been wracked by protests against China’s meddlesome actions in the former British Crown Colony.
In a story written by Yimou Lee and Ben Blanchard for Reuters on May 21, 2020, President Tsai’s rejection sets off the stage for acrimonious relations between Taiwan and China. China responded that “reunification” was inevitable and that it would never tolerate Taiwan’s independence.
"Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences,” she said. “Here, I want to reiterate the words ‘peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue.’ We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘one country, two systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle,” Tsai said.
Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won January’s presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide, vowing to stand up to China, which claims Taiwan as its own and says it would be brought under Beijing’s control by force if needed.