Beijing increased the volume of its rhetoric toward Taipei on Thursday, but neither confirmed nor denied that it was planning a massive military exercise as a warning to the new Democratic Progressive Party administration not to pursue Taiwanese independence.
Shares in Taiwan closed little changed Thursday as the broader market fell into consolidation mode after making a strong showing in the previous few sessions, dealers said.
An article published Tuesday by a Chinese Communist Party-linked newspaper has sparked outrage over its sexist comments about Taiwan's new president Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), whom the article suggested was unfit to be president because she was single and childless.
Beijing on Wednesday described the "1992 Consensus" as "an issue that must be answered and cannot be evaded," in its first press conference following the swearing in of Republic of China President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on May 20 in Taiwan.
Taiwan's new president is "extreme" in her politics because she's an unmarried woman lacking the emotional balance provided by romantic and family life, a member of China's body for relations with the self-governing island wrote in a newspaper opinion piece.
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said Saturday Taiwan will continue to communicate with China despite Beijing's threat to cut off cross-strait communications if President Tsai Ing-wen does not commit her administration to the so-called "1992 Consensus."
Mainland China has expressed its dissatisfaction with the inauguration speech of President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, describing it as an "incomplete test paper."
The new government will not resume negotiations on a trade-in-goods agreement with China until a law on cross-Taiwan Strait negotiation oversight is enacted, Economics Minister Lee Chih-kung said Friday.
Newly inaugurated President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) pledged in her inaugural speech Friday that her administration will make efforts to maintain the existing mechanisms for dialogue and seek cooperation across the Taiwan Strait.
China has not reduced its military threat to Taiwan, as evidenced by its continued deployment of missiles aimed at the island and ongoing training of military personnel, Hsu Pei-shan, deputy minister of National Defense, said Thursday.