Taiwan is open to engagement with China — RT World News

Talks should be conducted on an equal footing and without political preconditions, Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang says

Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang has called for talks with China amid growing geopolitical tensions with the mainland, saying rapprochement must be without preconditions and with distant parties treated as equals.

“Taiwan does not want to close the door to China” Su told reporters on Sunday. “It is China that has used various means to oppress and treat Taiwan unreasonably.”

Su made the comments after Beijing halted grouper imports from Taiwan, a move Taipei said was politically motivated. Hours earlier, Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said China was seeking peaceful reunification with Taiwan but reserved “other options.”

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore, Wei reiterated a warning against any country interfering in China-Taiwanese relations. “If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, we will fight until the end, whatever the cost,” he said. “No one should ever underestimate the determination and ability of the Chinese armed forces to safeguard their territorial integrity.”

Wei told US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Friday that China “fight at all costs” on every effort to “separate Taiwan from the motherland.” China’s Foreign Ministry has called on Washington to cancel its latest arms sale to Taiwan and sever military ties with the breakaway republic.

Su insisted that Taiwan had acted with goodwill towards China. “As long as there is equality, reciprocity and no political preconditions, we are ready to engage in goodwill with China,” he said. However, he added, “As for China’s harassment of Taiwan with military aircraft, warships, unreasonable suppression and political actions, the most unreasonable is China.”

Beijing has severed official relations with Taiwanese officials since Tsai Ing-wen took office as president in Taipei in May 2016. China views Tsai, who won re-election in 2020, as a separatist seeking formal independence from Taiwan as a sovereign nation. She increased defense spending and sought closer ties with the United States.

US clarifies policy on Taiwan

Last fall, Tsai said she had “Faith” that the United States would defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack. Last week, the Pentagon approved its latest arms sale to Taipei, a $120 million deal.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) has chastised Chinese Wei for his fiery comments vowing to fight any push for formal Taiwanese independence, saying he was flouting peaceful international relations.

Wei also faced questions during the Shangri-La dialogue on China’s relations with Russia amid the Ukraine crisis. China supports peace talks to end the conflict, he said, but imposing sanctions on Russia or sending arms to Ukraine will not help end the fighting.


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