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China condemns Taiwan’s newly elected president’s speech

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS)

China condemned Tsai Ing-wen’s victory speech after it won Taiwan’s presidential election and criticized Beijing for threats to the island nation.

“We hope and believe that the international community will continue to adhere to the one-China principle, understand and support the right cause of the Chinese people to oppose secessionist activities for ‘Taiwan’s independence’ and to realize national reunification,” he said. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, according to state-run Xinhua News Agency.

Tsai Ing-wen won his second term on Saturday.

Later in her victory speech, she criticized Beijing, saying that “China has tried to force us to accept unacceptable conditions, so we have no choice but to strengthen our defensive capabilities.”

China claims Taiwan as its territory since 1949, fueling rising tensions in the East Asian region.

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