Taiwanese leader sends warning to Beijing in New Year’s speech — Analysis

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has vowed to continue defending the island’s independence against Beijing. In a New Year’s speech, she said the differences with communist mainland China cannot be resolved by force.

“Taiwan’s consistent position has been that we will neither bow to pressure nor act rashly when we have support,” Tsai said in a New Year’s speech streamed on Saturday.

“We want to remind the Beijing authorities that they should not misjudge the situation, and that they should stop the spread of military adventurism within their ranks,” Sie said.

Beijing asserts Taiwan, which is a self-proclaimed island country but with strong ties to the US as its territorial territory. In 2021, Taiwan remained the focal point of tensions between China and America.

“The use of military means is absolutely not an option for resolving the differences between our two sides,”Tsai added that tensions within the Taiwan Strait area can only be solved peacefully. She stressed that defending Taiwan’s “territorial sovereignty and national security” will continue to be her government’s priority in 2022.

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Taiwan last year accused Beijing of repeatedly flying bombers and jet fighters close to its borders. Beijing decried Washington’s arms deals with Taiwan and promised a crackdown on Taiwanese politicians that it considers “secessionist.”

In his own New Year’s message, Chinese President Xi Jinping said “the complete reunification of our motherland is an aspiration shared by people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.”

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