November 19, 2022

Beijing Pressure We Won’t Bow, Says Leader

The China-Taiwan relationship has been strained over the last few weeks after a phone call between Taiwan’s president and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump led to protests in Hong Kong and anger from Beijing. The latest incident came on Sunday when Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je called for calm amid escalating tension with mainland China, saying that we won’t bow to Beijing pressure. Taipei will not change.

Ko’s statements come after a string of anti-China protests arose in the self-governed island nation. In addition to this, new flights from Taiwan to three major Taiwanese cities were announced by China only on Monday. The cross-strait tensions have been inflamed after Taiwan recently elected a new president, Tsai Ing-wen, who has been taking a more cautious approach to relations with Beijing than her predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou.

On Sunday at a press conference Ko said The state’s Taiwan affairs authority should make clear its position on the matter. He continued by saying that he had given instructions for any mainland Chinese officials liaising with the city to be told that dialogue was best.

Ko added,we will not bow to Beijing pressure, saying I hope the three sides can all do what they should do and avoid serving as a tool for people with ulterior motives. We can’t let every action become an excuse to give others benefits.

The mayor went on to say that I want to sincerely express that peaceful development is integral to Taiwan’s future. We hope the two sides can work together in this direction, he added.

China aims for unification with Taiwan by using military might, but fears a Taiwanese public backlash if it appears too heavy-handed in the pursuit of its goal. Beijing has warned in recent months that it will not tolerate any separatism or Taiwanese independence.

Meanwhile, Taiwan is struggling to gain support from its traditional allies after the United States switched diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979. Despite warnings of a pending Chinese invasion, Taiwan has held two presidential elections since 1996 and conducted four live fire drills near the mainland since 2007.

Tsai who took office in May has urged Beijing to think carefully before making accusations or using force against Taiwan.

The China-Taiwan relationship has been strained over the last few weeks after a phone call between Taiwan’s president and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump led to protests in Hong Kong and anger from Beijing. The latest incident came on Sunday when Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je called for calm amid escalating tension with mainland China, saying that we won’t bow to Beijing pressure. Ko’s statements come after a string of anti-China protests arose in the self-governed island nation.

On Sunday at a press conference Ko said The state’s Taiwan affairs authority should make clear its position on the matter. He continued by saying that he had given instructions for any mainland Chinese officials liaising with the city to be told that dialogue was best.

Ko added,we will not bow to Beijing pressure, saying I hope the three sides can all do what they should do and avoid serving as a tool for people with ulterior motives. We can’t let every action become an excuse to give others benefits.

The mayor went on to say that I want to sincerely express that peaceful development is integral to Taiwan’s future. We hope the two sides can work together in this direction, he added.