The News Lens
By: ZiQing Low
‘Both sides should try to avoid military conflict, but that depends on what other ‘radical action’ Tsai
might take,’ the CCP mouthpiece Global Times has warned.
An editorial in the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated Global Times argued today that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has “lost all chance of avoiding conflict with China” after she avoided recognizing the so-called “1992 consensus” in her National Day Address on Monday.
Beijing insists the “1992 consensus” forms the basis for cross-Strait talks. The consensus, whose very existence has been called into question in Taiwan, includes a “one China” clause with both sides (or so Taipei insists) historically having separate interpretations of what “one China” means.
In her speech during the “Double Ten” National Day celebrations on Monday, President Tsai acknowledged that relations between Taiwan and China had “cooled” recently, but emphasized that her administration would not “bow under pressure (from China) but would also work to avoid conflict.” [FULL STORY]