War with China not an option, Taiwan tells Pope Francis – UCA News

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President Tsai stressed bilateral dialogue to bring peace and stability to the region

War with China not an option, Taiwan tells Pope Francis

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen speaks at a ceremony to mark the island’s National Day in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Oct. 10, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

By UCA News reporter

Published: January 24, 2023 11:29 AM GMT

A war between Taiwan and China is not an option and it is more important to develop cross-strait relations, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis.

President Tsai sent the letter to the pope on Jan. 23, in response to the pontiff’s message on the 56th World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, according to a press note on the Taiwanese President’s website.

President Tsai stressed bilateral dialogue to bring peace and stability to the region.

“In my 2022 National Day address, I underscored that peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait are the basis for the development of cross-strait relations,” the letter read.

Tsai stated in her letter that “armed confrontation is absolutely not an option,” underlining Taiwan’s resolve to end the conflict with China through peaceful means.

Tsai also further added that Taiwan’s desire for peace and respect for the people as a nation are key factors in ensuring freedom in the region, referring to her National Day address in October 2022.

“Only by respecting the commitment of the Taiwanese people to our sovereignty, democracy, and freedom, can there be a foundation for resuming constructive interaction across the Taiwan Strait,” Tsai wrote.

Taiwan has been under constant pressure from China which considers the country a part of its territory and denies the sovereignty that Taiwan claims.

In August, China staged military exercises near Taiwan’s borders raising tension across the strait.

President Tsai, referring to Pope Francis’ encyclical Fratelli Tutti, highlighted Taiwan’s resolve to “partner with like-minded nations to support reconstruction efforts in Ukraine.”

In March 2022, Taiwan donated funds totaling more than US$30 million and distributed around 650 tons of material supplies to assist the millions of Ukrainian refugees displaced by war.

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