‘Stop threatening us’, Taiwan’s new president tells China

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Following his inauguration, Taiwan’s newly sworn-in president, William Lai, has appealed to China to cease its threats against the island and acknowledge its democratic system.

Lai emphasized the importance of dialogue over confrontation in relations between Taiwan and Beijing.

Furthermore, he asserted that Taiwan would remain steadfast against any intimidation from China, which has persistently asserted its claim over the island.

China responded by saying, “Taiwan independence is a dead end”.

“Regardless of the pretext or the banner under which it is pursued, the push for Taiwan independence is destined to fail,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at the daily press briefing on Monday afternoon.