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Taiwan tensions

Taiwan's Tsai says war not an option, offers COVID help to Beijing

New Year's address extends olive branch day after Xi's mild speech

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said in her New Year's address that peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait is the common responsibility of all parties in the region.    © Office of the President

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen kicked off 2023 with an olive branch to Beijing, offering assistance to China to tackle its COVID-19 crisis, while reiterating that cross-strait war is not an option.

In her annual address on Sunday, Tsai referred to China's surge in infections after it abolished its zero-COVID policy, saying: "We are willing to provide necessary assistance to help more people get out of the pandemic and have a healthy and safe new year."

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