The President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, offered a dialogue today to Beijing, which considers the island a province of China, a position that the president rejected and specified that such relationship must be maintained on an equal footing, during her speech of taking possession of office for a second term.
“We will not accept that the authorities in Beijing use (the principle of) ‘one country, two systems’ to degrade Taiwan and undermine the status quo of the Strait (of Formosa),” said Tsai today, who opted for a relationship governed by “the peace, equality, democracy and dialogue. “
“Relations in the Strait have reached a historical turning point. Both sides have an obligation to find a way to coexist in the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences,” said the president, a supporter of Taiwanese independence.
“I hope that the leader from across the Strait (referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping) will work with us to jointly stabilize the long-term development of relations in the Strait,” he added.
But in case this did not happen, Tsai also referred to the need to improve and expand the island’s defensive capabilities, national security and its alliances with international partners, in a context in which in recent years several countries have changed the diplomatic relations with Taipei over Beijing.
At the beginning of last year, the Chinese president announced that his country would reserve the use of force to achieve reunification with Taiwan, although he clarified that it would be directed against external forces and “the few separatists” who, in his opinion, there is on the island.
Tsai’s speech was also marked by references to the pandemic and the successful outcome so far in Taiwan of measures taken to prevent and mitigate the effects of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Among the objectives outlined by the Taiwanese president are the reduction of international dependence on strategic industries, the consolidation of the island as an international technological benchmark or the advance in the development of renewable energy, from which it is expected to extract 20% of the energy consumed in Taiwan by 2025.