Taiwan President says no compromise on democracy after opposition proposes peace deal with China if elected to power

File picture of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. Image: Reuters

DHARAMSALA, Feb 20: President Tsai Ing-wen has said that Taiwan will not accept any deal that destroys the island nation’s democracy.

“Taiwan will not accept any deal that destroys its sovereignty and democracy,” the Reuters quoted President Tsai Ing-wen as saying earlier today.

President Tsai has made the remarks after country’s remarks earlier today after the country’s opposition KMT party said it could sign a peace deal with China if it wins the presidential election next year.

“Taiwan society will not accept any treaty that harms Taiwan’s national sovereignty and democracy,” the report quoted her as saying.

The Taiwanese President has further said that there won’t be real peace unless China rules out using force to bring Taiwan under its control.

Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party suffered huge losses to the KMT in mayoral and local elections in November last year while the Nation will go to poll next year.

Beijing considers Taiwan as an errant province and never shied away from using force to bring it under its control.

However, President Tsai has maintained that she wants to maintain the status quo and further reiterated that the island’s people want to maintain self-rule and has also urged China to seek a peaceful solution to its differences with Taiwan.

While China has used every means including its military might and political influences to isolate Taiwan, she has repeatedly called for international support to defend Taiwan’s democracy and way of life in the face of China’s renewed threats.

The ties between the two countries deteriorated under Taiwan’s first female President, Tsai Ing-wen as she refused to accept the Chinese claim over her island nation after her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaning towards independence won the Presidential election in May 2016, after a landslide victory over the Kuomintang (KMT).

Taiwan has been self-governed since 1949 when Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang troops fled to the island after losing China’s civil war to Mao’s Communist Party.

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