Reuters via Yahoo News
Date January 17, 2016
By: Reuters By James Pomfret, Matthew Miller and Ben Blanchard
TAIPEI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Taiwan should abandon its “hallucinations”
about pushing for independence, as any moves towards it would be a “poison”, Chinese state-run media said after a landslide victory for the island’s independence-leaning opposition.
Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a convincing victory in both presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday, in what could usher in a new round of instability with China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as its own.
any moves towards independence were like a “poison” that would cause Taiwan to perish.
Tsai pledged to maintain peace with its giant neighbour China, while China’s Taiwan Affairs Office warned it would oppose any move towards independence and that Beijing was determined to defend the country’s sovereignty.
Reacting to Tsai’s victory, China’s government-controlled media used noticeably less shrill language than that levelled at Chen Shui-bian, the DPP’s last president, and noted her pledges for peace and to maintain the “status quo” with China.
But the official Xinhua news agency also warned any moves towards independence were like a “poison” that would cause Taiwan to perish. [FULL STORY]