Taiwan urges China to ‘never seek hegemony’ and ease tensions

Beijing’s bellicose stance towards Taiwan has increased dramatically under Xi, who has described the island’s unification with the mainland as “inevitable”.

Hindustan Times
Date: Oct 10, 2020
Agence France-Presse | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during a meeting to commend role models in China’s fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on September 8, 2020. (Reuters File Photo )

Taiwan’s leader on Saturday appealed to her Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to deescalate military tensions and live up to his promise to “never seek hegemony” after months of Beijing ramping up fighter jet incursions.

In a speech on Taiwan’s national day, President Tsai Ing-wen said the international community was becoming concerned about the “expanding hegemony” of China.

Beijing views democratic, self-ruling Taiwan as its own territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it back into fold.

But Tsai referenced a recent speech by Xi to the United Nations that she said gave the Taiwanese some hope.    [FULL  STORY]

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