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Taiwan urges calm in discourse with China

Taiwan urges calm in discourse with China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said last Saturday that Taiwan will be "calm" when dealing with China, but uncertainties this year will test the island and its national security team even as she recommitted to maintaining peace.

Trump broke with decades of US protocol after his presidential election win when he accepted a congratulatory call from Tsai.

Tsai's comments came a week ahead of her visit to Taiwan's four allies in Central America - El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

More details in Monday's Borneo Bulletin.

Fredrick Peterson maintains that there is no rational justification for the United States to remain loyal to its previous "One China" policy in a situation wherein Beijing is threatening the existence of Washington's allies in the region with its aggression.

"No one knows for sure what sorts of cross-strait policies Trump will adopt after he assumes offices [on January 20], and this explains why the Tsai government would want to find clues to prepare for the uncertainties", Wang Kung-yi, a professor of worldwide relations and strategic studies at Tamkang University in Taipei, said.

"The most important mission in 2017 is to stimulate Taiwan's economy by all means", she said.

"The Republic of China is an independent, sovereign country", Tsai said, using Taiwan's official name.

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The move is bound to anger China, which had urged the U.S. to block any stopover.

Washington also acknowledges Beijing's position that there is only one China and Taiwan is its territory.

China considers Taiwan as a breakaway province and has objected to its diplomatic ties with another state.

Finally, the government will face divisive issues and will try to find reasonable solutions through dialogue, Tsai said.

According to the "one-China" policy, China's ruling Communist Party requires other nations to avoid formal diplomatic recognition of Taiwan, although the United States maintain many informal channels. He is thought to be in regular contact with China's most senior military officers, including those who work directly with China's leadership.

"Unlike the United States which huffs and puffs and sends supposed underwater drones into Chinese waters, China and the Philippines have agreed by diplomacy to have talks about the resolution of any territorial claims in the region".

China also sailed a group of Chinese warships, led by its sole aircraft carrier, around the island in exercises it called routine.

After Chinese Nationalist forces were defeated by Mao Zedong's Communists, the Nationalist government moved to Taiwan in 1949.


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