President of Taiwan, war with China is not an option Letter to Pope | Reuters

On January 23, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wrote in a letter to Pope Francis that war with China was not an option, and that only by respecting the Taiwanese people’s claim to sovereignty and freedom could a healthy relationship with China be possible. He showed the recognition that it is possible to build a strong relationship. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

[台北 23日 ロイター] – In a letter to Pope Francis, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen stated that war with China was not an option and that only by respecting the Taiwanese people’s claim to sovereignty and freedom would they build a healthy relationship with China. He acknowledged that it is possible. The presidential office released a copy of the letter on the 23rd.

In a letter responding to Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace on January 1, Tsai said the war in Ukraine had made the world recognize the value of peace and that maintaining regional security had become an important consensus.

“In his National Day speech last year, he reiterated his view that peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is the foundation for the development of relations between Taiwan and China, and that armed conflict is absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “Only by respecting the will of the Taiwanese people for sovereignty, democracy and freedom can we lay the foundation for resuming constructive exchanges across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

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