by Mark Van der Veen at rightjournalism.com
The United States on Saturday congratulated Taiwan’s president-elect Lai Ching-te, but maintained that Washington does not support independence for the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.
Asked by reporters for Washington’s position on Taiwan, where independence-leaning Lai has pitched himself as a defender of the island’s democratic way of life, US President Joe Biden said: “We do not support independence.”
In a statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken saluted Lai on his victory in Saturday’s pivotal vote and hailed the “robust democratic system and electoral process” of the self-ruled island.
Blinken added that Washington is “committed to maintaining cross-Strait peace and stability, and the peaceful resolution of differences, free from coercion and pressure.”
Lai, branded by China as a threat to peace, vowed Saturday to defend Taiwan against “intimidation” from China, after voters defied warnings from Beijing and swept him to election victory.
The Chinese regime wasn’t able to infiltrate and manipulate the elections simply because Taiwan used the most secured old fashion way to count the votes!
Taiwan’s democracy at work. Every vote is held up so that it is visible to the public. The result is shouted out, repeated, then tallied on a visible sheet of paper.
Anyone can watch, take pictures, or film. When the ballot box is empty, staff show the public that it really is.