September 19, 2020 | 2:17 AM IST
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Taiwan’s President refuses merging with China; rejects its ‘one country, two systems’ concept

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, on Wednesday, made it clear to China that under no circumstances will Taiwan accept ‘downgrading’ of its status and pledged to stand up against China’s concept of ‘one country, two systems’. Tsai Ing-wen was speaking at an inaugural function after she was sworn in as the President for the second-term.

President Tsai said, “We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘one country, two systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo.”
She added, “Although we were once isolated in the world, we have always persisted in values of democracy and freedom no matter the challenges ahead of us.”
The President also assured the countrymen that she would work to build core industries including information and communication, technologies, biotechnology, medicine, defence, and renewable energy.
She urged her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to find ways to ‘coexist’ with the island’s democratic government and called for ‘peace, parity, democracy and dialogue’ with China.
China has isolated Taiwan from international events such as World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Health Assembly, but the US has informal ties with it and is its main source of military support against China’s bullying and military threats.

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