Southeast Asia | Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan does not toe the line

Beijing warns will cut contacts if Taiwan does not toe the line

May 20, 2016 12:12 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Beijing warned Taiwan it would cut off critical contacts with the island if its new president Tsai Ing-wen does not state her support for the concept that there is only “one China”, state media reported Saturday.

Taiwan's new President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at her inauguration ceremony in Taipei on May 20
Taiwan’s new President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at her inauguration ceremony in Taipei on May 20

The comments came a day after Beijing-skeptic Tsai’s inauguration speech, where she called for “positive dialogue” with the Chinese mainland, but stopped short of any compromise on Beijing’s demands that she back its “one China” principle.

That principle was recognized by outgoing president Ma Ying-jeou of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang party, who oversaw an eight-year rapprochement between the former bitter rivals. Read More

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