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Taïwan calls on Beijing to respect the results of the éelection

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The new president of Taiwan, Lai Ching-te (center), is seen by Beijing as a promoter of “separatist activities linked to independence”.

Agence France-Presse

Taiwan called on China on Sunday to respect the results of the presidential election won the day before by Lai Ching-te, who promises to defend #x27;island facing threats of reunification.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls on the Beijing authorities to respect the election results, face reality and renounce repress Taiwan, according to a statement from the Taiwanese ministry.

Despite the vote, Taiwan is part of China, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said earlier on the social network X (formerly Twitter).

As of Saturday evening, the communist country, which considers Taiwan as one of its provinces to be reunified by force if necessary, had assured that this vote would not hinder the inevitable trend of reunification with the China.

He promised to firmly oppose separatist activities aimed at Taiwan's independence and independence. ;foreign interference.

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Claiming to have received congratulations from more than 50 countries, including 12 diplomatic allies, the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced the absurd and erroneous comments of the Chinese authorities.

In Washington, the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken congratulated Lai Ching-te and the Taiwanese on their strong democratic system.

This message immediately caused Beijing to react, believing that it sends a profoundly erroneous signal to the separatist forces in favor of Taiwan's independence.

But we do not support independence, tempered American President Joe Biden.

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Lai Ching-te, who was the candidate of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the voting day.

As of Sunday, an informal American delegation is expected in Taiwan, composed of the former National Security Advisor, Stephen Hadley, the former Deputy Secretary of State, James Steinberg, and the president of the American Institute in Taiwan, Laura Rosenberger.

She is scheduled to meet a series of leading political figures on Monday and convey the people's congratulations American in Taiwan for the success of the elections, according to the press release from the Institute.

The status of Taiwan is one of the most explosive topics in the rivalry between China and the United States.

The United States does not recognize Taiwan as a state and considers the People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate government, but nevertheless provides the island with significant military aid.

At the end of a campaign marked by strong diplomatic and military pressure from China, outgoing Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te, 64, won the one-round presidential election on Saturday with 40.1 % voices.

He will take office on May 20, alongside his vice-president, Hsiao Bi-khim, former representative of Taipei in Washington.

Coming from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) like outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen – who could not run again after two terms – Lai Ching-te promised to protect Taiwan from China's continued threats and intimidation.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">The one who, in the past, had defined himself as a pragmatic architect of Taiwan's independence, has since softened his speech. Now, like Tsai Ing-wen, he takes a more nuanced position and says that an independence process is not necessary, because the island is de facto independent, with its own government. and its elections.

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Outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen could not run again after two terms. (Archive photo)

But he remains perceived by Beijing as a promoter of separatist activities linked to independence and a serious danger for relations between China and Taiwan.

China therefore called on the Taiwanese to make the right choice, but they preferred Lai Ching-te to his main opponent Hou Yu-ih, of the Kuomintang, who advocated rapprochement with Beijing.

We tell the international community that between democracy and authoritarianism, we will be on the side of democracy, launched the president-elect to his supporters, promising however, to continue exchanges and cooperation with China, the island's leading trading partner.

The territory of 23 million inhabitants located 180 kilometers from the Chinese coast is hailed as a model of democracy in Asia.

The third presidential victory ruling party's run will disappoint China […] but will not result in short-term changes to Beijing's reunification strategy, said Bonnie Glaser, a China specialist at the German Marshall Fund in Washington.

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Beijing hoped for a different outcome for this presidential election, won by former vice-president Lai Ching-te.

The analyst also considers it unlikely that Chinese President Xi Jinping will resume official contacts with the Taiwanese government, which were suspended eight years ago, after the election of Tsai Ing-Wen.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">For Alexander Huang, a military expert from Tamkang University in Taipei, a military reaction from China to the vote will probably not be immediate.

< p class="StyledBodyHtmlParagraph-sc-48221190-4 hnvfyV">But Beijing will increase pressure on Taiwan in other ways. After all, Lai Ching-te is not like Tsai Ing-wen, he says, estimating that the elected president is perceived by Beijing as more radical than his predecessor.

A conflict in this strait would be disastrous for the global economy, since the island supplies 70% of the planet's semiconductors and more than 50% of the containers transported in the world transit through it.

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