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Inauguration speech of Lai Ching-te – Taiwan's new president: “China must end intimidation” – News

Inauguration speech of Lai Ching-te – Taiwan's new president: “China must end intimidation” – News

  • New Taiwan President Lai Ching-ti called on China to end attempts at intimidation against the island republic in his inauguration speech.
  • China accuses the new president of provocation.

“I would also like to call on China to stop political and military intimidation against Taiwan,” the Democratic Progressive Party politician told thousands of supporters in Taipei. China must share with Taiwan the responsibility for maintaining peace and stability in the strait between the two countries (the Taiwan Strait) and the surrounding area.


New Taiwan President Lai Ching-te made clear in his inauguration speech that his government remains committed to Taiwan independence.

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The future of relations in the Taiwan Strait between the People's Republic of China and Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, will have a decisive impact on the world. The 64-year-old politician said that his government will not surrender, will not be provoked, and will maintain the status quo. This means that Taiwan must remain an independent country.

China talks about provocation

After Lai Ching-te's speech, China accused him and his new government of provocation. Chen Binhua, spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said the situation in the Taiwan Strait, the strait between the two countries, is complex and dangerous. The reason for this is that Lai's Democratic Progressive Party “stubbornly” adheres to the “separatist position” of Taiwan independence.

China's claims on Taiwan

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The Chinese Communist Party views Taiwan as part of the People's Republic and frequently displays its military power in the Taiwan Strait. Beijing was also already threatened with invasion. Military aircraft of the Chinese People's Liberation Army fly towards Taiwan almost every day. There were also concerns in Taiwanese politics previously that China might launch hacking attacks on Lai's inauguration in order to disrupt the celebrations.

Chen reiterated Beijing's position that the island republic with a population of more than 23 million is part of Chinese territory: Chen emphasized that the mainland and Taiwan belong to the same China. Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said that the pursuit of Taiwan's independence and secession is doomed to failure.

SRF China correspondent evaluation

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In his inauguration speech, Lai indicated that he did not seek formal independence for Taiwan. In Beijing, Taiwan's new president is described as a separatist. Lai was careful not to directly encourage this characterization. Presenting himself as an ambassador for peace, he celebrated democracy in Taiwan and criticized Chinese military threats. But Lai also said that the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China, as Taiwan is officially called, are not subject to each other. Thus, he clearly rejects China's claim to Taiwan.

Therefore, the Chinese authorities accuse the new president of stubbornly clinging to the idea of ​​Taiwan independence. Many observers now fear that China's military establishment, which was increasingly active around the island of Taiwan in the run-up to Lai's inauguration, will increase these activities to even greater levels.

Samuel Emish