New Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te sworn in and calls on China to “stop its intimidation” – rts.ch

New Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te sworn in and calls on China to “stop its intimidation” – rts.ch
New Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te sworn in and calls on China to “stop its intimidation” – rts.ch

Taiwan’s new President Lai Ching-te was sworn in Monday and called on China to “cease its political and military intimidation.” Following the same line as his predecessor, he should strengthen ties with the United States and increase military spending.

Lai Ching-te took her oath of office at the presidential palace in the capital Taipei, along with the new vice president, Hsiao Bi-khim.

Taiwan’s new President Lai Ching-te and new Vice President Hsiao Bi-khim during their inauguration ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Taipei. [REUTERS – Carlos Garcia Rawlins]

Investiture ceremony

In his inauguration speech, the new president called on China to “cease its political and military intimidation against Taiwan, to share with Taiwan the responsibility to the world for maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, as well as throughout the region, and to ensure that the world is free from the fear of war.

He also thanked Taiwanese people for resisting the influence of “external forces and resolutely defending democracy,” saying “the glorious era of Taiwanese democracy has arrived.”

As a show of support, eight heads of state attended the ceremony, as well as 51 international delegations (including the United States, Japan and Canada).

Traditional dances and operas were performed by more than a thousand artists during the ceremony which also included a military air parade.

Criticized by Beijing

Coming from the Progressive Democratic Party (DPP), the same movement as his predecessor Tsai Ing-wen, the newly inaugurated president was described by Beijing as a “dangerous separatist” for his past declarations in favor of the sovereignty of Taiwan.

He promised Monday that his government “will not give in, will not provoke and will maintain the status quo”, that is to say a balance which preserves the sovereignty of Taiwan without declaring formal independence.

He also called on China to “cease its political and military intimidation against Taiwan”. Beijing must “share with Taiwan the responsibility towards the world for maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he argued.

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Strengthen ties with the United States

Following on from his predecessor, Lai Ching-te is expected to increase military spending and strengthen ties with certain powers, including the United States, which is the main supplier of arms to Taiwan. This, despite Washington abandoning diplomatic recognition of Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1979.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Lai Ching-te, whose inauguration is, according to him, the sign of a “resilient democratic system”. He said he hoped that their two states could strengthen their relations and maintain “peace and stability” in the Taiwan Strait region.

juma with agencies

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