Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen demanded in the face of Chinese threats of more international support in defence of freedom, democracy and human rights on the island. At the same time, they reiterated the determination of the population to defend the freedom of Taiwan.
China’s President Xi Jinping had said in a speech on Wednesday that he wanted to enforce the “reunification” of China, if necessary also with violence. According to Tsais make his words clear that Beijing for Taiwan have the principle of “One country, two systems”. This had already been applied, as the former British crown colony of Hong Kong on 1. July 1997, came under Chinese rule. It includes only a limited degree of autonomy.
Tsai, reaffirmed on Saturday in front of foreign journalists, that Taiwan will accept this principle never. The new threats in China would be of global values of democracy in danger. “If the international community does not make Taiwan a democracy under Chinese threat, then we would like to ask, which country is next,” said Tsai.
The dispute over the Status of Taiwan goes back to the civil war in China. After their defeat by Mao’s Communists, the troops of the Chinese Kuomintang fled to Taiwan and established a Pro-Western Regime, the focused later more democratic. Since the founding of the people’s Republic of China in 1949, Beijing considers the island Republic of Taiwan as its own territory, and threatened again and again with a re-conquest.