A senior government diplomat for China has condemned the election of Taiwan’s President Taiwan pro-independence President Tsai Ing-wen; stating that “those who split the country will be doomed to leave a stink for 10,000 years”.
President Tsai Ing-wen was rejected in a context of growing Chinese aggression and she successfully campaigned on a message that Taiwan would not relent to Chinese demands.
As part of China’s “One China” policy, the Chinese government does not recognise Taiwan’s independence in spite of the view of the international community.
Speaking at a conference in Africa, China’s State Councillor, Wang Yi, said;
“[China’s] consensus won’t alter a bit because of a local election on Taiwan, and will not be shaken because of the wrong words and actions of certain Western politicians,”
In 2005, China passed an anti-secession bill authorising use the of force if a Chinese judge deems Taiwan to have seceded from China.
In response to China, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said Wang “must face up to reality and stop believing his own lies”.
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