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World China says Taiwan policy intact despite election results

07:05  15 january  2020
07:05  15 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

Tsai’s Record Victory Moves Taiwan Further From Xi’s Grasp

  Tsai’s Record Victory Moves Taiwan Further From Xi’s Grasp Xi Jinping’s goal of bringing Taiwan under his control moved further out of his grasp as the island re-elected a president who has vowed to defend its sovereignty, drawing accusations of cheating and voter intimidation from Beijing. © Bloomberg Confetti falls as attendees react during a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rally with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Taiwan, on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.

After re- election of Tsai Ing-Wen, who vowed to protect the country from China , the foreign minister pushes back.

China says it still views Taiwan as part of a "one country, two systems" model after the re- election of President Tsai Ing-wen, who campaigned on The election campaign was dominated by China 's efforts to get the democratic island to accept Beijing's rule under a "one country, two systems" model

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese official said Wednesday that Beijing will not change its policy of annexing Taiwan through its “one country, two systems" framework, despite the heavy turnout in favor of pro-independence candidates in last weekend's presidential and legislative elections.

A U.S. made F-16V fighters takes off during a military exercises in Chiayi County, southern of Taiwan, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Defense Ministry started two-day drill to show the ability of the armed forces to provide security ahead of upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)© Provided by Associated Press A U.S. made F-16V fighters takes off during a military exercises in Chiayi County, southern of Taiwan, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Defense Ministry started two-day drill to show the ability of the armed forces to provide security ahead of upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office, said China would continue to insist on the so-called “'92 Consensus" that acknowledges both the self-governing island and the mainland as part of a single Chinese nation.

Beijing Dismisses Taiwan Voters' Rebuke Over Its Claims to Island

  Beijing Dismisses Taiwan Voters' Rebuke Over Its Claims to Island An emphatic rebuke from Taiwanese voters against China’s authoritarian influence drew disdain in Beijing, prompting some in Taiwan to brace for greater coercive measures from the Communist Party. Taiwan’s leader, President Tsai Ing-wen, secured re-election on Saturday with 57% of the vote and a record tally of nearly 8.2 million ballots—a resounding endorsement of her pitch to defend the island’s democratic freedoms against encroachment from China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.Opinion polls suggest that Ms.

Policy . Defense. Congress. 2020 Elections . Europe Politics. Speaking at the opening of a regional financial forum, Lam said the city's financial system remained stable thanks to Finance Secretary Paul Chan, speaking at the same event, said Hong Kong's banking system was running smoothly and

While China says Taiwan is its territory, Taiwan Taiwan 's Mainland Affairs Council said China should respect the election result and stop putting "Whether it is to curb Taiwan independence secessionist activities or to benefit Taiwan compatriots, the mainland has a full ' policy toolbox'," it said .

“We do not insert ourselves into or critique Taiwan's elections. This round of Taiwan's local elections cannot change the status of Taiwan as a part of China," Ma said.

Ma did not overtly repeat communist-ruled China's threat to bring Taiwan under its control by force, but said Taiwan's government needs to “think deeply," asserting calls for such moves have been growing among the Chinese public.

A supporter of Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen cheers for Tsai's victory in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)© Provided by Associated Press A supporter of Taiwan's 2020 presidential election candidate, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen cheers for Tsai's victory in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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.

Taiwan's independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on Saturday, while her Democratic Progressive Party maintained its majority in the legislature. The result has been seen as a strong rebuke of China's policies toward Taiwan, a former Japanese colony which split from the mainland amid civil war in 1949.

Taiwan candidates court young voters as election looms .
Taiwan's presidential candidates are waging an all-out charm offensive to woo millions of young people in the lead-up to this weekend's election, conscious their votes could push them over the finish line. Both President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking a second term, and challenger Han Kuo-yu have taken to social media and television with meme-filled appeals for support as they lay out competing visions for the island's future.

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