President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan won re-election in the Taiwan general election last Saturday. The Chinese government reiterated that its Taiwan policy still adheres to the one country, two systems, one China principle and the 1992 consensus, and emphasizes that this position will not be changed by an election. However, some members of the US Congress believe that the Beijing authorities should have a dialogue with Tsai Ing-wen, because just like the protests in Hong Kong, the Taiwanese people’s pursuit of democracy and freedom cannot be suppressed, just like the grass under the asphalt road.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen received 8.17 million votes in this election, the highest record since the 1996 presidential election. The result of this election is generally interpreted by the international community as the Taiwanese people’s choice to defend their democracy and freedom and reject China’s authority. , Dictatorship and one country, two systems.
On Monday (January 13), at the Washington Think Tank Heritage Foundation “Evaluation of Taiwan Election Results” symposium, Ted Yoho (R-FL), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives and a Republican of Florida In response to a question from the Voice of America, he said that the pursuit of freedom is a human characteristic. The people of Taiwan want freedom just like protests in Hong Kong’s anti-transmission. When the freedom of Hong Kong people is oppressed, nearly one-fourth of the population stood up to protest. , Speak out, so he believes that the Beijing authorities should accept Tsai Ing-wen’s proposal, because freedom is like a grass under an asphalt road. No matter how hard the asphalt is, it can’t hold the grass from growing.
Yoho said, “I have a grass and an asphalt road. If I want to ask you which is more powerful, you can take a look. I mean, the asphalt is hard and can overwhelm the grass. But when you see the grass grow, Who is stronger when breaking through the asphalt? This represents the power of freedom, which cannot be suppressed. Everyone is born with the ability and characteristics to pursue freedom. China does not have enough people or enough money to suppress freedom. Therefore, I It is predicted that in the future everyone will see some countries and companies expanding to Taiwan. If China is smart, they will accept and respect President Tsai’s proposal. She is not seeking independence. She and the people of Taiwan just want not to be disturbed.”
However, at the symposium, Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies of the United States, held a pessimistic view and believed that Beijing would not be willing to talk to Tsai Ing-wen.
She said that even though Tsai Ing-wen had stated in her victory speech that the status quo across the Taiwan Strait would continue to be maintained, Beijing would not accept her statement, nor would it accept her “peace, reciprocity, democracy, and dialogue”. The 8-character principle of cross-strait interaction is even less willing to recognize the existence of the Republic of China.
“What we will see is that China will not abandon its prerequisites for cross-strait dialogue. It will continue to warn Taiwan and the United States not to take provocative actions to challenge China’s sovereignty.”
Including Robert Sutter, Professor of International Relations Practice at George Washington University, and Mark Stokes, Executive Director of the 2049 Project Institute at the symposium, observers who are concerned about cross-strait relations after the election in Taiwan mostly believe that Tsai Ing-wen Re-election also means that China will further increase its pressure on the DPP government and Taiwan, including through diplomatic, military, and economic channels. Therefore, the support of the United States and the international community for Taiwan’s democracy will also be more important.
Shi Mingkai believes that the United States should take some concrete steps as an objective fact of recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign country, such as issuing a joint statement with Taiwan and establishing a strategic dialogue mechanism, which are all practical and feasible.
After the elections in Taiwan, senior officials from some countries including Secretary of State Pompeo also congratulated Tsai Ing-wen, but this also attracted strong dissatisfaction from the Chinese government.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Monday that Taiwan’s elections are China’s local affairs and that “the actions of the countries concerned violate the one-China principle.” China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to this and has lodged solemn representations with the countries concerned.
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi also said that the one-China principle is already a “universal consensus” of the international community. This consensus “will not be changed in the slightest because of a local election on the island of Taiwan, nor will it be because The wrong words and deeds of individual Western politicians have been shaken.” He said that the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation and the reunification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait are historical inevitability. “Secession of the country is doomed to be stinking for years.”