A daily breakdown of Taiwan’s top stories and why they matter.
The News Lens
By: TNL Staff
Tsai calls on allies to defend Taiwan’s sovereignty
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) called on allies and like-minded democratic nations to protect Taiwan and defend its sovereignty, closing out a week of tempestuous cross-Strait rhetoric between the leaders of Taiwan and China.
Tsai, speaking to foreign reporters on the morning of Jan. 5, reiterated her stance that the Taiwanese people would never accept a “one country, two systems” model of governance, as proposed in a Jan. 2 speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Credit: Taiwan Presidential OfficeTsai Ing-wen fields questions from foreign reporters on the morning of Jan. 5.
She added that Xi’s equivalence of the so-called “1992 Consensus” to a “one country, two systems” framework leaves no room for ambiguity and called upon all Taiwanese political parties to stop using the term, reemphasizing her “Four Musts” framework for cross-Strait relations.
Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) reiterated that Tsai was wrong to deny the “1992 Consensus,” but said Xi’s interpretation of the alleged agreement was also incorrect. [FULL STORY]