Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday called for the support of the international community to defend democratic values and the way of life on the autonomous island, while Beijing renewed its threats against Taiwan.
“We hope the international community will take this seriously and support and help us,” Tsai Ing-wen told reporters, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s statement a few days earlier.
Relations between Beijing and Taipei have deteriorated since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took office in 2016 in favor of Taiwan’s official independence, a request deemed unacceptable by Beijing.
In his speech on Wednesday, Xi Jinping advocated efforts for peaceful “reunification” with the island but warned that China had not given up the use of force to put Taiwan under its control.
In response, Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan would not accept a “one country, two systems” type of political agreement and that negotiations should be government-to-government.
The phrase “one country, two systems” had been used by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1997 in anticipation of the UK’s surrender of Hong Kong to China to explain that British territory could re-enter the Chinese communist fold. by keeping his capitalist system.