Taiwan on Sunday called on China to respect the results of the presidential election won the previous day by Lai Ching-ti, who promised to defend the island from threats of reunification.
The Foreign Ministry calls on the Beijing authorities to respect the election results, face reality, and stop suppressing TaiwanAccording to a press release from the Taiwanese Ministry.
Despite the vote…
Taiwan is part of ChinaA spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said earlier on the social media network X (formerly Twitter).
As of Saturday evening, the communist state, which considers Taiwan one of its provinces that can be reunified by force if necessary, confirmed that this vote
It will not impede the inevitable trend toward reunification with China.
He had promised to do so
It strongly opposes separatist activities aimed at Taiwan independence as well as foreign interference.
Confirming that he received congratulations from
More than 50 countries, including 12 diplomatic alliesThe Taiwanese Foreign Ministry denounced
Ridiculous and wrong comments Chinese authorities.
Strong democratic system
In Washington, the head of US diplomacy, Anthony Blinken, congratulated Lai Ching-ti, as well as the Taiwanese, for their efforts.
Strong democratic system.
This message immediately caused a reaction in Beijing, believing that
It sends a very wrong signal to separatist forces in favor of Taiwan independence.
We do not support independenceUS President Joe Biden was angry.
Lai Ching Tee, who was the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's candidate, on voting day.
Photo: Getty Images/Annabelle Cheh
As of Sunday, an unofficial US delegation is expected to arrive in Taiwan, consisting of former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, and the head of the American Taiwan Institute, Laura Rosenberger.
It is scheduled to meet on Monday
A series of prominent political figures conveyed the American people's congratulations to Taiwan on the successful electionsAccording to the institute's press release.
Taiwan's status is one of the most controversial topics in the China-United States rivalry.
The United States does not recognize Taiwan as a state and considers the People's Republic of China the only legitimate government, but it nonetheless provides the island with significant military aid.
At the end of a campaign marked by strong diplomatic and military pressure from China, Taiwan's outgoing Vice President Lai Ching-te, 64, won Saturday's one-round presidential election with 40.1% of the vote.
He will take office on May 20, alongside his deputy, Hsiao Bi-chim, the former representative of Taipei in Washington.
Coming from the Democratic Progressive Party like outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen – who was unable to run again after two terms – Lai Ching-te promised to
Protect Taiwan from China's continued threats and intimidation.
A person who identified himself in the past as
A practical architect of Taiwan independenceHe has since softened his rhetoric. Now, like Tsai Ing-wen, he takes a more nuanced position and says the independence process is not necessary, because the island is de facto independent, with its own government and elections.
Outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen was unable to run again after two terms. (archive photo)
Photo: Reuters/Taiwan Presidential Office
But Beijing still sees him as a promoter
Separatist activities associated with independence And
Serious danger For relations between China and Taiwan.
China therefore called on the Taiwanese to do so
The right choiceBut they preferred Lai Ching-ti over his main opponent, Hu Yu-a, of the Kuomintang, who advocated rapprochement with Beijing.
We tell the international community that between democracy and tyranny, we will be on the side of democracyThe president-elect went before his supporters pledging this
Continue exchanges and cooperation with Chinathe island's number one trading partner.
How will Beijing react?
The region, with a population of 23 million and located 180 kilometers from the Chinese coast, is considered a model of democracy in Asia.
A third consecutive presidential victory for the ruling party will disappoint China […] But it will not lead to short-term changes in Beijing's reunification strategyBonnie Glaser, a China specialist at the German Marshall Fund in Washington, said China is looking for more stability.
Beijing had hoped for a different outcome in this presidential election, which was won by former Vice President Lai Ching-te.
Photo: Getty Images/Yasuyoshi Chiba
The analyst also judges
Chinese President Xi Jinping is unlikely to resume official contacts with the Taiwanese government, which were suspended eight years ago.After the election of Tsai Ing-wen.
Alexander Huang, a military expert from Tamkang University in Taipei, believes that China's military reaction to the vote
Maybe it won't be immediate.
Beijing will increase pressure on Taiwan in other ways. After all, Lai Qing Ti is not like Tsai Ing-wenHe added that Beijing views the president-elect as more extreme than his predecessor.
A conflict in this strait would be disastrous for the global economy, as the island provides 70% of the planet's semiconductors and more than 50% of the world's transported containers pass through it.
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