China said it “strongly objects” to Japanese Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa's statement congratulating President Xi Jinping Taiwan Newly elected Lai Ching-ti, while Taiwan's Foreign Ministry called on Beijing to “respect the election results and face reality.”
Yesterday, Saturday, Lai Ching-ti won the presidential elections on the island, which China considers an integral part of its territory, by winning 40.1% of the votes, after an election campaign marred by diplomatic and military pressure from China.
Kamikawa congratulated Lai on his victory in a statement published on the Japanese Foreign Ministry's website – yesterday, Saturday – after the election results were announced, and Kamikawa said that self-governing Taiwan is a “very important partner and friend.”
In response, the Chinese Embassy in Japan described Kamikawa's statements as “dangerous interference in China's internal affairs” without referring to Lai or acknowledging his victory, according to a statement published today on the embassy's WeChat account.
The Chinese embassy said that it expressed its deep dissatisfaction and strong opposition to congratulating the victory of Lai, who will take office on May 20, and confirmed that it had submitted an official protest to Japan.
Like most countries, Japan does not maintain official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, which is a condition for establishing diplomatic relations with China, but it has worked to strengthen its relations with Taipei due to the recent tension in its relations with China.
After his victory yesterday, Lai Ching-ti pledged to defend the island, and told his supporters, “We are determined to protect Taiwan from China’s constant threats and intimidation.” He thanked “the Taiwanese people for writing a new chapter in our democracy,” and said, “We tell the international community that between democracy and tyranny, we will be In addition to democracy.
He continued, “We are convinced that the Taiwanese people alone have the right to choose their president,” pledging at the same time to “continue exchanges and cooperation with China.”
The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also called on China in a statement – today, Sunday – to “respect the results of the presidential elections, face reality, and abandon the oppression of Taiwan, in order for positive cross-Strait interactions to return to the right track.”
Beijing views Lai Ching-te, the vice president of outgoing President Tsai Tsai Ing-wen, as a “grave threat” due to his pro-Taiwan independence stances.
Yesterday, Saturday, China stressed that “reunification” with Taiwan is “inevitable.” The spokesman for the Chinese office responsible for relations with Taiwan, Chen Binhua, said that the vote “will not hinder the inevitable trend of reunification with China,” according to what was reported by the New China News Agency.
For his part, the American President stressed joe biden However, the United States does not support Taiwan independence, commenting on Lai’s victory, which was congratulated by the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken He praised the “solidity of the democratic system” on the island.
The European Union “welcomed” the holding of elections in Taiwan and “congratulated” in a statement “all voters who participated in this democratic entitlement.”
Taiwan has a population of 23 million people and is 180 kilometers from the Chinese coast. While voters there were heading to the polling stations, a Chinese fighter jet was seen over the city of Pingtan, the closest to Taiwan.
The status of Taiwan is considered one of the most controversial issues in the competition between China and the United States, the island's main military backer. Washington intends to send an “unofficial delegation” to Taiwan after the vote.
Any conflict in the Taiwan Strait would be disastrous for the economy, as the island provides 70% of the world's semiconductors, while more than 50% of the world's transported containers pass through this strait.