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INTERVIEW: Taiwan unfazed by Chinese obstruction: Joseph Wu

Taiwan will continue to make contributions to the world, despite its exclusion from most international organizations because of Chinese pressure, which has only brought Taiwan and like-minded countries closer, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu said in an interview with Taipei Times reporter Stacy Hsu

Wu: We have seen signs of Chinese interference in almost every key election in Taiwan since our first direct presidential race in 1996, when Beijing resorted to verbal intimidation and saber rattling before the election.

In 2000, then-Chinese premier Zhu Rongji (朱鎔基) warned Taiwanese against electing a pro-independence president. For the 2004 and 2012 races, Beijing used Washington and China-based Taiwanese businessmen to pressure voters. In the last legislative election [in 2016], we also perceived Chinese attempts to influence people online.

We do not know yet what method China might use to influence the next race, but what we can know for sure is that it did not always succeed. I believe our voters are mature and I have faith in the choices they are going to make through our mature democratic system.

However, we should be quick and decisive when we see China trying to manipulate public opinions or Internet [users], so that the information voters receive would not be distorted.

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