Tensions between the two countries escalated after the two countries expressed anger over the unexpected launch of a Chinese satellite over Taiwan’s airspace. Meanwhile, national elections are going to be held in Taiwan tomorrow, Saturday. Two senior Taiwanese government officials said China could pressure the new government after the election.
This news has been reported in a report of the news agency Reuters today.
Taiwanese officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told reporters that whichever candidate wins the election, Beijing’s military and economic pressure on Taiwan’s next head of government is likely to increase.
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s new presidential and parliamentary elections have been described by China as a choice between ‘war and peace’.
Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), warned on Thursday that peace could be disrupted if the presidential candidate of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wins the election in Lai Ching.
DPP presidential candidate Lai Ching, on the other hand, has promised to maintain the status quo and seek peace through force if elected. He will even keep the way open for talks with Beijing on the condition of equality and dignity.
An official working on Taiwan’s security plans said Beijing could apply “huge pressure” on Taiwan after the election of a new president.