TAIPEI, Taiwan — China has slammed Taiwan presidential front-runner William Lai as a “destroyer of peace” following a televised debate on Saturday wherein he defended Taiwan’s proper to rule itself as a democracy.
Chen Binhua, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Workplace, mentioned Lai’s discourse on the debate was “stuffed with confrontational considering.” He mentioned Lai, who at the moment serves as Taiwan’s vice chairman with the governing Democratic Individuals’s Get together, is “the instigator of a possible harmful struggle within the Taiwan Strait.”
Taiwan break up from China amid civil struggle in 1949, however Beijing continues to treat the island of 23 million with its high-tech financial system as Chinese language territory and has been ramping up its menace to attain that by navy power if needed.
Lai on Saturday mentioned he was open to holding talks with Beijing “so long as there’s equality and dignity on either side of the Taiwan Strait.” He mentioned Taiwan is just not subordinate to China. Whereas Lai doesn’t describe himself as looking for independence from Beijing, he typically maintains Taiwan is already an impartial nation.
Lai is operating within the Jan. 13 presidential election in opposition to candidates Hou Yu-ih from the extra China-friendly Kuomintang get together, and Ko Wen-je from the Taiwan Individuals’s Get together.