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Tsai seeks talks with Xi despite China contempt for Taiwan

Beijing blasts island's 'independence' push after inauguration speech

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen gives a speech to mark her inauguration for a second term on Wednesday.   © Kyodo

TAIPEI -- President Tsai Ing-wen played up Taiwan's growing global standing and said she sought talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in an inauguration address after being sworn in for a second term on Wednesday.

Tsai said in her socially distanced speech at the Taipei Guest House that she was willing to engage in dialogue with China. "I want to reiterate the words 'peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue.' We will not accept the Beijing authorities' use of 'one country, two systems' to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo."

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