China's government on Saturday reiterated its opposition to Taiwan's sovereign declaration of state despite the overwhelming electoral victory of the current president, independent Tsai Ing-wen. "We strongly oppose any form of 'Taiwanese independence'," said Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwanese affairs office of the State Council, in a brief statement issued by the state press.
The Chinese position has not changed despite Tsai's historic victory, and Ma noted that they will continue to seek the island's "peaceful reunification" with mainland China through the 'one country, two systems' principle. That is, the same principle that applies in Hong Kong and Macao, territories that were under English and Portuguese administration, respectively, and that returned decades to Chinese sovereignty, but maintaining a high degree of autonomy in various areas of government.
The Chinese government spokesman recalled that China adhered to the so-called "one-China principle" in an agreement reached in 1992, which states that there is only one country called China and that Beijing and Taipei claim sovereignty over the entire territory, including the island of Taiwan and mainland China. After the end of the war and the establishment of communist China in 1949, the leader of the defeated Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, and his troops went into exile on the island of Taiwan, where they continued their regime, and in the 1990s. started holding democratic elections.
However, Beijing still considers the island a rebel province.
Ma said China was "willing to work" with "Taiwanese compatriots to promote the peaceful development of relations" between both parts of the Taiwan Strait, although it immediately repeated the idea of "peaceful reunification of the motherland," consensus reached in 1992 ”, denying the possibility of an independent Taiwan.
The current president of Taiwan declared herself the winner of the elections held on Saturday, receiving more than 8.1 million votes (57.1% of the total), while her main rival, Han Kuo-yu of Kuomintang (KMT). , obtained 5.5 million votes, 38.6%. Elections have been marked by deteriorating relations between Taipei and Beijing since Tsai took office in 2016, and Han was presented as an alternative to improving relations with China.
However, the KMT lost the advantage that polls gave it less than a year ago due to the crackdown on protests in Hong Kong and the position of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who did not rule out the use of force to reach Taiwan's long-awaited reunification. with China.
In his speech, after the election victory, Tsai said he hopes Beijing could "interpret the signal" given by the election results, which he argued shows that the Taiwanese do not accept China's "threats".
Outgoing Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party has been re-elected for a second presidential term, a victory that signals the strong opposition of the island's voters to China's claims to that territory. "Taiwan has shown the world how much we love our free and democratic way of life as well as our nation," Tsai Ing-wen said in a statement to the media announcing her victory in today's presidential election.
In today's scrutiny, Tsai Ing-wen defeated two opponents: Han Kuo-yu, the main opposition candidate competing for the Nationalist Party, and James Soong (conservative and pro-Beijing) of the small People's First Party. With 99.75% of the votes cast, Tsai Ing-wen won the ballot with 57.2% of the vote, compared to 38.6% for candidate Han Kuo-yu, according to data released by international agencies.