Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has accused China of taking advantage of her country’s democracy to interfere in its politics and society.
In her New Year message, Tsai said that interference like this from Beijing was ‘one of the greatest challenges’.
Tsai’s party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was heavily defeated in the November local elections. She claims this is a reflection of how the people of Taiwan graded her party’s performance, according to DPA.
‘However, it never means that the Taiwanese people intend to give up our sovereignty or to make concessions on autonomy.’
Taiwan’s President resigned as chair
After the DPP only won six out of 22 local authorities, Tsai resigned as chair of the party. On the other end, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), which is a China-friendly party, claimed 15 cities and counties.
Tsai further added that the government would come up with a plan to challenge KMT:
‘In Taiwan, people have been seriously disturbed by China-sourced fake news and misinformation which have become overwhelming.’
Newly elected local mayors were also under criticised by Tsai, as they have started ‘establishing city-level economic exchanges with Chinese cities’, according to DPA.
Tsai said that the establishment of these exchanges should’ve been done ‘properly rather than compulsively’.
The exchanges will force Taiwanese authorities to accept and recognise a one-China principal in the form of the so-called 1992 Consensus.
Tsai took office in May of 2016, in June of that same year, China cut off all communication with Taiwan. She wants Beijing to respect the commitment Taiwan has made to democracy, and reinstate communication.
While Beijing still considers Taiwan, the nation has had their own government since 1949, after Chinese nationalists fled when they lost a civil war to communists.
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