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China reiterates that they will not Change their Position on Taiwan

  • China has said that they are not going to change their position regarding their position claiming Taiwan being part of China. In a statement, China’s Foreign Ministry has said: “No matter what changes there are to the internal situation in Taiwan, the basic fact that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China will not change.” The statement comes after Taiwan’s incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen got re-elected in a hotly contested election with a landslide victory. Tsai (leader of the Democratic Progressive Party) received 57.1% of the popular votes out of the record 8.17 million votes cast by the Taiwanese voters. She defeated the Kuomintang party's Han Kuo-yu, who received 38.6% votes. Tsai Ing-wen won the vote by firmly rejecting “one country, two systems” model of China. While vowing to deepen cooperation with the US on multifarious issues including the economy, defense, and others, the newly re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen said: “Democracy and freedom are indeed Taiwan’s most valuable asset and the foundation of the long-term Taiwan-U.S. partnership.” While she sought resumption of dialogue with China, Tsai insisted that Beijing must understand that Taiwanese people would never submit to intimidation. The Chinese foreign ministry said: “The universal consensus of the international community adhering to the ‘one China’ principle will not change either.”