Taiwan rules out any China peace pact that undermines sovereignty
February 20 2019 10:47 AM
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan


Taiwan will not accept any peace agreement with China that undermines its sovereignty and democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting members of the European Parliament on Wednesday.

During a press conference, Tsai said she told her visitors - led by the parliament's Taiwan Friendship Group chair Werner Langen - that negotations with Beijing were unlikely to follow a recent proposal by her country's opposition.

China had to abandon military hostility to Taiwan as well as the idea of imposing a ‘one China, two systems’ social framework, the president said in comments quoted by state media.

‘Taiwan will never accept any political agreement that would eliminate or undermine our sovereignty or democracy,’ Tsai, who said on Tuesday that she would run for re-election, added.

Wu Den-yih, the chairman of the main opposition Chinese Nationalist Party, last week said his party could sign a peace treaty with Beijing if it regains the presidency in January 2020.

Relations with Beijing have deteriorated significantly since Tsai came to power in 2016, partly because she does not recognize a 1992 agreement that characterizes Taiwan as part of China.

Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party said on Monday it would prioritize a bill that would subject any peace agreement with China to a national referendum.

On Wednesday the visitors gave Tsai a letter signed by 155 European parliamentarians expressing support for Taiwan's democracy and contributions to regional stability.

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