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Taiwan's Tsai says China threatens regional peace, stability

Taiwan's Tsai says China threatens regional peace, stability

Tsai is now running about 13 points ahead of Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu in Tawian's January presidential election.

"If she refers only to Taiwan and not the Republic of China the appeal might only be limited to voters who always support the Democratic Progressive Party". "As the strategic forefront of the Indo-Pacific region, Taiwan has become the first line of defense for democratic values".

Tsai's remarks also follow months of anti-government protests in the former British colony of Hong Kong, which reverted in 1997 to Chinese rule under the same "one country, two systems" framework Beijing says it intends to use to absorb Taiwan. "And not far from Taiwan, Hong Kong is on the verge of chaos due to the failure of "one country, two systems", Tsai said.

As a crucial member of the region, Taiwan must fulfil its responsibilities to the worldwide community, the President said, adding: "We will not act provocatively or rashly; rather, we will work with like-minded countries to ensure that the peaceful and stable cross-strait status quo is not unilaterally altered". She is the front-runner to win reelection next year, despite a push by Beijing to undermine her support in part by wooing the large Taiwanese business community in China.

"At this time, when the eyes of the world are focused on Hong Kong and the brutal repression of Hong Kong, the stakes of fighting for democracy and fighting for freedom are that much more important, and that is what Taiwan rightly symbolizes for the world", Cruz said at a meeting with President Tsai.

"The speech is informative in that it reiterates the key talking points that President Tsai and DPP legislative candidates will repeat in the remaining three months of the presidential and legislative election campaigns", he said.

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Seven countries have severed diplomatic ties with Taiwan and switched allegiance to Beijing since Tsai's coming to power. Xi used a major address to drive home his desire to unite the mainland with Taiwan, saying any moves toward independence on the self-ruled island would lead to "disaster".

"And they were very unhappy when one of the very first things Trump did as president-elect was to take a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan", Sanders said, adding that the call sent the U.S. media into a frenzy. "We will not act provocatively or rashly; rather, we will work with like-minded countries to ensure that the peaceful and stable cross-strait status quo is not unilaterally altered".

The ebullience of ROC flag-raisings in Hong Kong was diminished slightly when some of the protesters paused to remember that the founders of the Republic of China, the Kuomintang party, were not exactly libertarian defenders of free speech and vibrant dissent.

They also rejected a proposed new ID scheme, Yang said, adding that the government should replace the name ROC with Taiwan on any new ID cards, but not use electronic chips in them, which would allow the collection of personal data.

Then Taiwan could forge diplomatic ties as a new nation, as the ROC is an illegal regime and not recognized by the worldwide community, they said.