Taipei: The Taiwanese government declared that ‘China is preparing to interfere in Taiwan’s elections and is an enemy of democracy. The people of Taiwan will never tolerate China’s interference.’ Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned that along with Taiwan, China should also respect the democratic elections that were held in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong elections were swept by the pro-democracy groups in a landslide victory and are said to be a significant shock for China. Given the circumstances, the Taiwanese President has targeted China.
Last week, a Chinese spy named Wang Liquiang asked for asylum in Australia. While talking to the Australian media, the former spy revealed that China was interfering in the Hong Kong and Taiwan elections. The defector claimed that China was conspiring to create chaos during the Taiwanese elections to depose President Tsai Ing-wen, who has been calling for Taiwanese independence.
Furthermore, China was using the media in an attempt to project a positive image of Tsai’s opponent Han Kuo-yu, the leader of the Kuomintang party, said the defector. Also, China had even funded Han Kuo-yu for the elections, but Han dismissed the allegations levelled against him.
Given the recent developments, Cho Jung-tai, the chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, lashed out at China. Cho Jung-tai asserted that ‘The enemy of democracy is China. At present Taiwan’s most ambitious opponent, competitor, is also China.’ The Taiwanese government thus warned its people to remain cautious towards China.
President Tsai Ing-wen highlighted that the election results in Hong Kong were indicative of democracy. Nevertheless, Tsai also appealed to China to respect the democracy and verdict of Hong Kongers.
Only a few days ago, while criticising the ruling Chinese communist regime, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned NATO. NATO was established seven decades ago because of the threat the Soviet Union posed to democracy and freedom. Even though the Soviet threat was over, the Chinese communist party is just as significant a threat as the USSR was to the freedom and democracy, Pompeo said.