China must stop military intimidation: Taiwan’s Lai
   Date :21-May-2024

Taiwan’s Lai 
 
 
 
 
TAIPEI, 
 
 
 
TAIWAN’S new President, Lai Ching-te, said in his inauguration speech on Monday that he wants peace with China and urged it to stop its military threats and intimidation of the self-governed island that Beijing claims as its own territory. “I hope that China will face the reality of Taiwan’s existence, respect the choices of the people of Taiwan, and in good faith, choose dialogue over confrontation,” Lai said after being sworn into office.
 
Lai pledged to “neither yield nor provoke” Beijing and said he sought peace in relations with China. But he emphasised the island democracy is determined to defend itself “in the face of the many threats and attempts at infiltration from China.” Lai’s party doesn’t seek independence from China but maintains that Taiwan is already a sovereign nation. Lai, 64, takes over from Tsai Ing-wen, who led Taiwan through eight years of economic and social development despite the COVID-19 pandemic and China’s escalating military threats.