China “will never tolerate” the secession of Taiwan, a Chinese government official told the Xinhua state agency, in response to statements by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who belongs to an independence party and is criticized by communist authorities.
“We have unwavering determination, complete confidence and all the capabilities to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said the spokesman for the Office of Taiwan Affairs, Ma Xiaoguang, according to statements released by the Xinhua news agency (China New ).
Beijing “will never tolerate separatist activities,” the spokesman said.
In his inaugural speech for his second presidential term, Tsai said Wednesday that China must find a way to “coexist” with a democratic Taiwan that will not accept domination by communist authorities.
Tsai was forcefully re-elected in January, despite Beijing’s efforts to isolate Taiwan and undermine its economy since the leader came to power in 2016.
Beijing defends the idea of ”one country, two systems” for Taiwan, as it does with Hong Kong. Thus, the island would retain its liberties but would be under the control of Beijing. Tsai flatly rejected this system during his speech on Wednesday.
Taiwan, which has its own currency, flag, army, diplomacy and government, has in fact been politically separated from China for 70 years. But only a handful of fewer and fewer countries recognize the island as an independent country.
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