‘No power or individual should underestimate the determination of the over 1.3 billion people on the Mainland,’ China says.
The News Lens
By: Olivia Yang
Chinese authorities have reiterated the “one China” principle in response to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-
wen’s (蔡英文) recent interview with the Wall Street Journal.
In the interview, published on Oct. 4, Tsai said she hopes that “Mainland China does not misinterpret or misjudge the current situation, or think that it can make Taiwanese bow to pressure.” The interview came after signs that pressure from Beijing was behind Taiwan’s inability to participate at meetings of international organizations, including the ICAO assembly in Montreal last week, and indications that it may not be invited to join the Interpol summit in Indonesia next month. Among other things, Beijing has turned the crews on the Tsai administration to acknowledge the so-called 1992 consensus, which it has set as a “precondition” for continued dialogue across the Taiwan Strait. Beijing has vowed to further isolate Taiwan if President Tsai does not give in.
“The pledges we have made in the past remain unchanged,” Tsai said. “Our goodwill is unchanged. But we will not succumb to pressure from China.” [FULL STORY]