Palace: Philippines won’t interfere in rift between China, Taiwan

Leroy Wright
January 8, 2019

To cope with the needs of the 2020 legislative and presidential elections, an election platform will be established to discuss nominations and election strategy by party chapters and members, Cho said.

You's opponent is former Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai, who is backed by leading DPP politicians.

Cho's victory saw off a challenge from You Ying-lung, a polling expert deeply critical of Tsai.

The DPP is set to confirm Cho's election as chairman at its central advisory meeting Wednesday when he will officially take over the post from Acting Chairman Lin Yu-chang (林右昌). He said the Democratic Progressive Party will continue to defend Taiwan.

"It certainly makes it much more likely that she will be on the ticket for re-election", he said. Beijing has refused to deal with Tsai until she supports the 1992 Consensus-the idea of "One China" despite differences in what that means.

Beijing has unilaterally cut off communication with her government and stepped up military drills around the island as well as poached several of its dwindling number of official allies.

Tsai resigned as leader of the DPP immediately after her party suffered a disastrous defeat in the island-wide local elections on November 24 past year.

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The DPP leadership vote was closely watched by China and the United States.

Since the founding of the people's Republic of China in 1949, Beijing considers the island Republic of Taiwan as its own territory, and threatened again and again with a re-conquest. A DPP schism in the run-up to 2020 could favour the Kuomintang, the pro-Beijing party that was turfed out two years ago.

A DPP swing toward its more radical wing might also worry Washington.

Chinese President Xi Jinping continues to seek reunification with Taiwan in an attempt to "rejuvenate" China, and is willing to use military force to do so.

He also reiterated China's willingness to use force if necessary, especially if Taiwan ever declares full independence.

Beijing has increased its military presence around Taiwan since President Tsai was elected in 2016, in fear that she is seeking formal independence despite her claims that she is comfortable sticking to the status quo.

"We hope that the worldwide community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us", Tsai told reporters in Taipei, referring to threats by China to use force to bring Taiwan under its control.

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