Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council has hit back at Beijing’s criticism of President Tsai Ing-wen’s National Day address.
Among the points in Sunday’s speech that angered China was Tsai’s statement that Taiwan, officially known as the Republic of China, does not belong to the communist People’s Republic of China.
China says that Tsai’s address encouraged Taiwan independence and conflict. However, the Mainland Affairs Council says that Tsai’s speech actually called for preserving the cross-strait status quo. It also says that it is China, not Taiwan, that has been moving to change this status quo with its frequent threatening military maneuvers around Taiwan.
The Mainland Affairs Council also criticized China’s reproaches as unconstructive, saying that these reproaches will only serve to deepen the cross-strait divide. It also said that Beijing should take a pragmatic approach to Tsai’s assertions in her speech that Taiwan’s future should be decided by Taiwan’s people, that Taiwan should uphold its freedom and democracy, that Taiwan does not belong to Beijing, and that the sovereignty of the Republic of China on Taiwan is inviolable.
The Mainland Affairs Council also said that the sovereignty of the Republic of China is an objective fact, and Tsai’s statement that it does not belong to the People’s Republic of China is objectively true. It says the Republic of China has existed for 110 years, and that the territories it controls today have never been under the control of the People’s Republic of China.
In response to criticism that Tsai’s speech sought to diminish or negate the Republic of China, the Mainland Affairs Office says that it is Beijing, not Taiwan, that has been negating the Republic of China’s existence.