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Taiwan President Calls For International Support Against China Threats

Taiwan President Calls For International Support Against China Threats

In his speech, Xi urged Taiwan to avoid a "dead end" and accept his offer of the "one country, two systems" framework under which Hong Kong has operated since Britain returned it to Chinese rule in 1997.

President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan is alarmed by recent rhetoric emanating from the corridors of power in Beijing.

Carles Puigdemont, former president of the Government of Catalonia, expressed his gratitude in a January 5 tweet to Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen for using the Catalan language in a message rejecting "one country, two systems", while also voicing his support for Taiwanese independence.

On Wednesday he said the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government-to-government basis.

Beijing lead a "targeted campaign" against Taiwan, said the President on Saturday, representatives of the foreign media in Taipei.

"If the worldwide community does not speak under the present circumstances, for Taiwan and it is supported, then I have to ask, who's next?", Tsai said.

In response to plans by the British to establish a military base in the South China Sea, the president said she respects any country exercising its rights of freedom of navigation in the region.

Mr Xi has repeatedly said the takeover of Taiwan is at the top of his legacy list - and is open to both peaceful and warlike means to do so.

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Analysts say the vote for the new party head will set the tone for the run-up to next year's presidential election. "Any major departure from long-standing policy under President Tsai could alarm global partners and give Beijing ammunition to further crack down on Taiwan". Official results will not be announced until Wednesday.

The entire armed forces should have a correct understanding of China's security and development trends, enhance their awareness of danger, crisis and war, and make solid efforts on combat preparations in order to accomplish the tasks assigned by the Party and the people, Xi said.

You supported a recent call by four party heavyweights for Tsai not to seek re-election in 2020 - although he also said that it was something that the public should ultimately decide.

In Sunday's election, Cho won over his opponent, who is critical of Tsai's policies.

"A chairman who is at odds with Tsai will definitely be a minus (for the party)", he said.

Huang added that the low turnout reflected a lack of interest among DPP members after last year's election defeat.

A DPP swing towards its more radical wing might also worry Washington, reported AFP.

The U.S. remains Taiwan's most powerful military ally but maintains the stance that Taipei must not move close to a formal declaration of independence for fear of stoking a Chinese invasion.