VP William Lai says Taiwan's election is a choice between democracy and autocracy, not China's

VP William Lai says Taiwan’s election is a choice between democracy and autocracy, not China’s

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China’s Saturday exercise was low-key compared to two rounds of war games around Taiwan last August and again in April this year. China and the United States are now seeking to reconnect, especially as Chinese and American leaders are expected to meet at a regional summit in San Francisco later in the year.

Alexander Neill, a Singapore-based defense analyst, said it appears that China has balanced the scale of the exercise to make a point, but not to upset wider diplomatic efforts.

“I think China probably doesn’t want to rock the boat too much ahead of APEC in San Francisco after recent bilateral engagements,” said Neal, adjunct fellow at Pacific Forum think-tank in Hawaii.

Nevertheless, China has made clear its strong dislike of Lai and its reluctance to push back on Taiwan, with state media describing Lai as a “liar” and a “separatist” in comments.

China’s Eastern Theater Command posted a short video clip of a map of Taiwan on its official WeChat account late Saturday, accompanied by three slogans: “Relying on the US is a bad road”, “Seeking independence is a dead end”. is the end” and “reunification is the only way”.

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