Taiwan still willing to engage in communications with China: Tsai

07/17/2018 05:27 PM
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Taipei, July 17 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated Tuesday that Taiwan is still willing to engage in communications with China but will only do so on an equal footing with no political conditions attached.

"We will never yield under pressure," Tsai said, stressing that Taiwan adheres to a free and democratic lifestyle and will firmly uphold its sovereignty.

Tsai made the remarks during a meeting with a visiting European Parliament delegation led by Frank Engel of Luxembourg at the Presidential Office.

She thanked the members for their long-term support of Taiwan, saying the government was especially grateful when several pro-Taiwan EU Parliament members showed up at a rally held by Taiwanese expatriates and officials in Belgium to protest China's bullying and suppression.

About 250 overseas Taiwanese compatriots, students, and officials from Taiwan's diplomatic allies posted to the EU, Belgian parliamentarians, and EU parliamentarians took part in the event that was held in late June.

President Tsai said she hoped that the EU and other members of the international community will realize that the threat from Beijing not only affects Taiwan, but other countries as well.

"We hope that the international community will stand by Taiwan and jointly defend the values of freedom and democracy," she said.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Ko Lin)

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