Taiwan president defiant after China calls for reunification


The Japan TimesTaiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen smiles during an interview on Sunday at the presidential residence in Taipei. | AFP-JIJI

|AIWA! NO!|Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday the island would not accept a “one country, two systems” political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government-to-government basis

Tsai spoke after Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that nobody can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek “reunification”.

Chinese soldiers applaud during a military parade at the Zhurihe training base in China’s northern Inner Mongolia region on July 30, 2017. PHOTO | STR | AFP  

Tsai also urged China to understand Taiwanese people’s thinking and needs.

READ RELATED: China will not give up the use of military force as an option to ensure the reunification of Taiwan, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday, while insisting the island would ultimately be reunified with the mainland.

In a new year’s speech earlier this week, Tsai said China must use peaceful means to resolve its differences with Taiwan and respect its democratic values.

Reporting By Yimou Lee; Editing by James Pomfret & Kim Coghill