Taiwan’s newly inaugurated president William Lai has referred to as on China to cease threatening the island and settle for the existence of its democracy.

He urged Beijing to switch confrontation with dialogue, shortly after being sworn in on Monday.

He additionally stated Taiwan would by no means again down within the face of intimidation from China, which has lengthy claimed the island as its personal.

China responded by saying, “Taiwan independence is a useless finish”.

“Whatever the pretext or the banner underneath which it’s pursued, the push for Taiwan independence is destined to fail,” China’s Overseas Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated on the each day press briefing on Monday afternoon.

Beijing dislikes Mr Lai and his Democratic Progressive Get together (DPP), which they see as pro-independence. And it has ramped up army incursions round Taiwan’s waters and airspace since his election win in January.

Such army incursions by China have change into a routine affair prior to now few years, triggering fears of battle. In his speech, Mr Lai referred to as this the “biggest strategic problem to international peace and stability”.

However the 64-year-old additionally caught intently to the components utilized by his predecessor president Tsai Ing-wen, whose legacy will probably be outlined by her cautious however regular dealing with of Beijing.

Mr Lai, a physician turned politician, received a three-way presidential race in January, securing an unprecedented third time period for his. He had served as Ms Tsai’s vice-president since 2020, and earlier than that as her premier. In his youthful days, he was identified to be a extra radical politician who overtly referred to as for Taiwanese independence, a lot to Beijing’s ire. It labelled him a “troublemaker” forward of the polls, and Chinese language state media even recommended he needs to be prosecuted for secession.

The Chinese language authorities is but to challenge an announcement on Mr Lai’s inauguration. Nonetheless, the Chinese language embassy within the UK held a press briefing over the weekend, asking the UK authorities to not endorse it. And earlier final week, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Workplace warned that the island’s new chief “should significantly” think about the query of whether or not he needs peaceable growth or confrontation.

And simply as Mr Lai was being sworn in, China’s Commerce Ministry introduced sanctions in opposition to a number of US corporations “concerned in arms gross sales to Taiwan”.


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