Maintain One-China Policy, Says Beijing after Taiwan Elects New Prez

Hindustan Times (New Delhi, India), January 18, 2016 | Go to article overview

Maintain One-China Policy, Says Beijing after Taiwan Elects New Prez


Beijing, Jan. 17 -- China has urged the international community to continue following the "one-China" policy hours after Taiwan - which Beijing claims as its own territory -- elected Tsai Ing-wen, known to be against reunifying with the Mainland, as President.

Tsai, candidate for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), became the first woman president of the island country with a population of 23 million.

Tsai defeated rival candidate Eric Chu from the Kuomintang (KMT) party under which in the last decade Taiwan's relationship with the Mainland had improved. The third candidate in the fray was People First Party (PFP) chairperson, James Soong.

In fact, last November, President Xi Jinping met his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore in the first such meeting between the leaders of the two countries since 1949 when the civil war between the Communist Party of China and the Kuomintang ended, with Taiwan claiming independence.

So, it was not unexpected that Beijing's reaction to Tsai's victory would be circumspect.

Beijing - using sharp language -- urged countries not to encourage "Taiwan independence" - which a section of Taiwanese politicians advocate.

"We hope and believe that the international community will adhere to the one-China principle, oppose Taiwan independence in any form and support peaceful development of cross-Strait relations through concrete actions," foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said. …

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