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Key to peace lies in China’s hands: Taiwan president

Relations with US still going strong even after change of administration: Tsai

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President Tsai Ing-wen addressing the media Tuesday 

President Tsai Ing-wen addressing the media Tuesday  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The key to peace between Taiwan and China lies in Beijing, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said in a Lunar New Year message Tuesday (Feb. 9).

Following a meeting of the National Security Council ahead of the annual holiday, the president said her government was willing to sit down for meaningful talks with Beijing on equal terms as long as China was willing to resolve disputes.

Touching on the almost daily incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) by Chinese military aircraft over the past half year, she said that military threats did little to improve relations, CNA reported.

Tsai also expressed the hope that once the pandemic was over, both sides could resume constructive contacts, while emphasizing Taiwan was not the only side that needs to be responsible for improving cross-strait relations.

Turning to the United States, the president pointed out that relations had remained solid despite the change of administration in Washington. Her government would continue to work toward improving bilateral ties, especially in the field of trade, Tsai added.