China's Taiwan Affairs Office objected to President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech, saying it incited confrontation and distorted facts. Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council in response said President Tsai has been consistent with her cross-strait policy.
Tsai Ing-wen (Oct. 10. 2021), ROC President：Our commitment is that the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China should not be subordinate to each other."
China's Taiwan Affairs Office denounced President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech, during which Tsai said her government will not bow down to pressure from Beijing.
Taiwan Affairs Office Spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said Tsai's speech incited Taiwan independence, confrontation, and distorted facts. Ma reiterated that China is determined to uphold its national sovereignty and territorial integrity over Taiwan and is non-negotiable. Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) in response said Taiwan will also remain rock-solid in its stance.
Chiu Chui-cheng, Deputy Minister, Mainland Affairs Council："What President Tsai Ing-wen said during the National Day speech has been consistent with our government's cross-strait policies. She is calling for Beijing to set aside confrontation and stop seeking to use force against Taiwan. Our sovereignty should not be tampered with and challenged. The Republic of China has been a sovereign nation for the past 110 years and was never a subordinate to the People's Republic of China. This is a fact."
The MAC said the government seeks to maintain current cross-strait relations in peace. Taiwan will not act rashly but the nation will not bow to Chinese pressure either. The council asks Beijing to treat the four commitments that President Tsai had said with practicality. Chairperson of Ma Ying-jeou Foundation Hsiao Hsu-tsen shared his concern over President Tsai's National Day speech. He said Tsai has already broken her words of not acting rashly.
Hsiao Hsu-tsen, Chair, Ma Ying-jeou Foundation："Both sides have never admitted or had a consensus upon each other's claim of sovereignty and governance. Both China-U.S. relations and cross-strait relations are tense right now. Why did President Tsai say challenging things during this time? This goes against "not acting rashly". Did she communicate with the U.S. before she gave her speech? "
Chen I-hsin, Honorary Professor, Tamkang University："Saying how the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China should not be subordinate to each other is a bit harsh. Saying not acting rashly is being soft but the U.S. is probably not too convinced by that either. The whole statement is hinting towards two countries, two systems, and that is bound to bring contradiction and conflict between the U.S. and China."
Scholar Chen I-shin analyzed that cross-strait relations would continue to be in a deadlock. Observation on the development of the three-way relationship among the U.S., Taiwan, and China continues.