May 20, 2020

Taiwan President Rejects Chinese Rule, Demand For Talks To Coexist

TAIPEI — Taiwan cannot accept becoming part of China under its “one country, two systems” offer of autonomy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, in a strong rejection of China’s sovereignty claim, but called for talks so that both sides could coexist.

In a speech after being sworn in for her second and final term in office, Tsai said relations between Taiwan and China had reached an historical turning point.

“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.

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.



source: https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/05/20/world/asia/20reuters-taiwan-president-inauguration.html

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