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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Sworn For Second Term, Refuses “One Country, Two Systems”

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen Sworn For Second Term, Refuses "One Country, Two Systems"

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On May 20th, Tsai Ing-wen was sworn as President of Taiwan for her second term, and formally commenced her four-year term.

Tsai, 63, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was sworn in a simple ceremony that was broadcast on television and live streamed on social media.

Former Premier Lai Ching-te then was sworn in as vice president, succeeding Chen Chien-jen, who stepped down after one term.

In her inauguration speech, Tsain Ing-wen said that Taiwan wanted dialogue with China, but refused its proposal for “one country, two systems.”

“Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences,” she said.

Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won January’s presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide.

Their primary election promise was that they would stand up to China, which claims Taiwan as its own and has not ruled out the use of force to achieve its objective.

“Here, I want to reiterate the words ‘peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue’. We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘one country, two systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle,” Tsai said.

Tsai said Taiwan is an independent state called the Republic of China, its official name, and does not want to be part of the People’s Republic of China.

In a stern response from China’s Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang issued a statement.

“We will never allow any room for Taiwan independence in any kind of form. China has a strong will, and enough confidence as well as the capability to defend sovereignty and its territory.”

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said China would stick to ‘one country, two systems’ and “not leave any space for Taiwan independence separatist activities”. It added that reunification was an “historical inevitability”.

The Global Times outlet, meanwhile, quoted a Chinese spokesperson saying that Tsai’s party “gangs up with foreign powers to hinder peace of Taiwan Straits and use (the) pandemic to attain separatist goals.”

Taiwan was “severely damaging” the peace and stability of the region, it added.

On May 19th, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a congratulations to Tsai Ing-wen prior to her inauguration.

Tsai in response said in a tweet that she looks forward to “furthering our friendship based on our many shared values and interests.”

Joe Biden, who is challenging Trump for the US presidency in November also posted a message on Twitter.

“Taiwan’s thriving democracy and response to COVID-19 are an example to the world,” he wrote. “America’s support for Taiwan must remain strong, principled and bipartisan.”

The tensions in the South China Sea have been ramping up in recent months, with United States warships passing through the region, the majority of which Beijing claims as its own.

At the same time, China is not falling behind, stepping up its military drills near Taiwan, flying fighter jets into the island’s air space and sailing warships around Taiwan.

Tsai said Taiwan has made the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the democratic island from China.

“We will continue these efforts, and we are willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security,” she added, speaking in the garden of the former Japanese governor’s house in Taipei, in front of a socially distanced audience of officials and diplomats.

Tsai said that Taiwan will continue its fight to participate in international organisations, and “bolster ties with the United States, Japan, Europe, and other like-minded countries”.


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Jimmy Jim



Lel, just try :D

Zionism = EVIL

Dumbo, China can literally take over the shitty little Taiwan or Formosa island in about ten minutes. They don’t want to kill fellow Han people and know that like a rotten apple it will fall into their lap peacefully soon.

Daily Beatings

China doesn’t need to take Taiwan by force. 24 million people with a negative birth rate and GDP growth that is half of China’s. It’s only a matter of time. DPP is so stupid to abandon the 1992 Consensus agreement for their slave masters in the US.


Yeah, China cares for the people the most in the world. The lack of pork in your diet kills your neurons

Zionism = EVIL

Taiwan is a shithole like the Zionist cancer and PRC needs to take over soon like Hong Kong was integrated. Russia needs to do the same with Russian Ukraine.

Tommy Jensen

As American I also refuses one dictatorship country controlling any free and democratic country. Taiwan has adopted lei for gay marriages and allowed gay parades, and China has not allowed it.

That shows clearly the difference between a free country with freedom, and a Stalin Dictatorship Gulag country……….who bomb civilians.

rightiswrong rightiswrong

The US have bombed and killed nearly 100 million people since WW2, all over the globe.

The greatest trick that the US pulled off, is to be called a demockratic state, a trick the US stooge Hitler failed at. Stalin never had the ability to commit genocide on the scale the USA committed, like 10 million Native Americans. Then the US started its killing spree abroad.

Simon Ndiritu

“has adopted lei for gay marriages”, so, that’s all you care about? what is your interest in Gay people?

Lazy Gamer

Why oh why did Taiwan adopt the excesses of liberalism? lol Now mainland chinese will not envy taiwan but rather convince themselves that they have a better system. Any hope of thwarting a full blown invasion (hopefully it wont come to this) will require a monumental advantage in tech and strategy or a nuclear bomb. Any hope for permanent separation will rely on the continued hegemony of the US which incidentally is about to be decided in the next few years. But why would Taiwan close the possibility of reunification today when China can also undergo changes in the future? Or it can be the other way, if China becomes world dominant in money, military, science, and culture, the new generation might be willing to compromise.

Bobby Twoshoes

This one’s an homage to Jens I presume? Throwing in bombing civilians at the end was was genius, actually made me chuckle out loud.

Jose Martinez

Taiwan will always be looked at as the home of the KMT in the eyes of China. The Uighur re-education camps is a step towards normalization with Taiwan but ya’ll not ready for that conversation.

Like in ancient times China without an Emperor is like Europe without the EU: feuds, invasions, wars, backstabbings and bloodshed. For all intents and purposes Xi Jingping is the Emperor. Until the KMT ceases to exist there is no room for talks between China and Taiwan.

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