TAIPEI – Taiwan’s Premier reaffirmed on Friday his country’s sovereignty and independence of his country and his commitment to maintaining the status quo with China without bowing to pressure from Beijing.
At an interpellation session in the parliament, Lai Ching-te, also known as William Lai, said that Taiwan was a sovereign and independent state.
Lai’s comments were made as a response to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent remarks against the independence of the island and in favor of its unification with China.
Lai said that the Taiwanese government, following the directives of President Tsai Ing-wen, would fulfill its promise of not changing the status quo between the two neighbors and not ceding before pressure from Beijing, which comes in the form of military intimidation and an international blockade.
He said that Taipei was committed to strengthening the peaceful development of ties across the Taiwan Strait and safeguarding the country’s right to determine its own future.
The Premier refused to recognize that Taiwan was part of China, not even the version of the 1992 Consensus of “one China two interpretations.”
In a recent speech at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi said that the “One-China policy” and the 1992 Consensus were essential regarding ties with Taiwan and that China would not just wait and watch in case of any sedition attempt.