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Taiwan says it won't accept deal that destroys democracy and sovereignty

Key Points
  • Taiwan will not accept any deal that destroys its sovereignty and democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday.
  • Her statement came after the island's opposition KMT party said it could sign a peace deal with China if it wins a presidential election next year.
Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's president, looks on during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Taipei, Taiwan, on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.
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Taiwan will not accept any deal that destroys its sovereignty and democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday after the island's opposition KMT party said it could sign a peace deal with China if it wins a presidential election next year.

Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) party suffered stinging losses to the China-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) in mayoral and local elections in November.

Self-governed Taiwan is China's most sensitive issue and is claimed by Beijing as its sacred territory.