TAIPEI, (CNA).- Taiwan will never bow to China's bullying and plundering, and what China has done will also not alter the fact that the Republic of China (Taiwan) is a sovereign country, Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) said Friday.
Chiu made the remark after returning from visits to Japan and South Korea over the past few days, where he exchanged views on the issue with parliamentarians, political critics and think tank members.
Apart from intensified saber rattling toward Taiwan over the past two years, China has also wrested away five of its diplomatic allies and has blocked its meaningful participation in world bodies, Chiu said, adding that "this is not just an issue across the Taiwan Strait, but also a problem facing the international community."
China's growing interference in the domestic affairs of other countries and its intention to disrupt the established world order through strongarm tactics have accelerated instability across the globe, he said, urging international society to heed China's hegemonic expansion.
Citing the example of South Korea and North Korea, Chiu said that holding dialogue is the most effective method for parties at odds to dissolve tension and hostility.
He urged China to cease its bullying of Taiwan and stop political interference in Taiwan, and to examine its internal management and misjudgment of international situations.
China should look to the reality across the strait, respect Taiwan and resume talks with Taiwan as early as possible to help achieve sound development of bilateral relations, he said.
(By Lin Ke-lun and Flor Wang)