China pressures Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen to acknowledge One China
May 22, 2016
China has threatened to cut off regular communication with Taiwan unless the country’s new president acknowledges the so-called One China principle.
According to a report from Xinhua, the Chinese state media outlet, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said on Saturday that only by Taiwan confirming the One China principle – which dictates that the island of Taiwan and mainland China are parts of a single Chinese state – could “cross-Strait affairs authorities continue regular communication.”
Tsai Ing-wen, leader of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which has traditionally favored independence from China, was sworn in on May 20, replacing China-friendly Ma Ying-jeou of the Nationalist Party (KMT). Ma had led Taiwan for the past eight years.
Although Tsai, Taiwan’s first woman president, said in her inauguration speech on Friday that Taiwan would play a responsible role and be a “staunch guardian of peace” with China, that was considered by China to be insufficient acknowledgment of the One China principle. (Read More)
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