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Think of What Happened to Hong Kong When You Vote, Taiwan President Says

Think of What Happened to Hong Kong When You Vote, Taiwan President Says


TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen appealed to voters on Sunday to consider what had occurred to Chinese-controlled Hong Kong once they forged their ballots subsequent month, saying peace should be backed up with a dedication to spice up defences.

Taiwan prepares for presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 13 as China, which claims the democratically ruled island as its personal territory, ramps up navy strain to claim its claims, together with two main struggle video games across the island up to now 12 months and a half.

China and Taiwan’s essential opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), have forged the election as a selection between struggle and peace. China detests Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its presidential candidate, Vice President Lai Ching-te, calling them harmful separatists.

Addressing supporters at a marketing campaign rally for Lai within the capital Taipei, Tsai mentioned the opposition was utilizing “alarmist speak” of struggle and peace.

“I wish to ask you all right here, does anybody need struggle? Nobody does,” she mentioned. “Look at Hong Kong and consider Taiwan. We don’t need Hong Kong-style peace. We need dignified peace.”

Hong Kong, a former British colony, was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with the promise of broad autonomy underneath a “one nation, two methods” framework, which China has additionally provided to Taiwan – with little help on the island.

Beijing in 2020 imposed a tricky nationwide safety regulation on Hong Kong, which it mentioned was very important to revive stability after the town, a world monetary hub, was rocked for months by typically violent anti-government and anti-China protests in 2019.

Tsai, barred by time period limits from looking for re-election, has made bolstering Taiwan’s defences a cornerstone of her tenure, a stance that Lai, main within the polls, has pledged to proceed.

They say solely Taiwan’s individuals can resolve their future and have repeatedly provided talks with China however been rebuffed.

“To guarantee peace we have to strengthen our means to defend ourselves. Our home could have locks on it, however to not provoke our neighbours,” Tsai informed the rally. “Only with willpower can we defend dignity, and solely with energy can we guarantee peace.”

KMT presidential candidate Hou Yu-ih mentioned on Saturday a vote for the DPP was equal to “sending everybody out to the battlefield” as a result of supporting Taiwan independence would spark off a struggle.

The KMT historically favours shut ties with China however strongly denies being pro-Beijing. It has pledged to reopen talks with China if it wins election.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by William Mallard)

Copyright 2023 Thomson Reuters.

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