Taiwan’s president says war is not an option

Taiwan’s leader has promised to maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations with mainland China © Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout/REUTERS

DW: Taiwan President Tsai Says “War Is Not An Option”

President Tsai Ing-wen said on the seventh anniversary of her presidency that she would maintain peace amid rising tensions with China. There are presidential elections in Taiwan next year.

President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday made a firm commitment to maintain the current state of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait amid rising tensions with China.

“In the face of the PRC’s civilian attacks and military threats, the people of Taiwan are calm and non-aggressive, rational and non-provocative,” he said in a speech at the presidential office in Taipei to mark his seventh year in office.

“War is not an option and neither side can unilaterally change the status quo in non-peaceful ways,” he added.


Update #1‘War is not an option’, says Taiwan president amid China tensions (Reuters)

Update #2Taiwan’s president vows to maintain “status quo” in cross-strait relations (AFP)

WNU editorAs I always say with pleasure. You may not want war, but war wants you.

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