**Taiwan President Reaches Out to China Amidst Tensions**

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Taiwan’s President Extends Olive Branch to China Amid Heightened Tensions

Lai Ching-te, the President of Taiwan, has once again expressed a desire for reconciliation with China following two days of Chinese military exercises near the island.

Call for Cooperation

In a speech to his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Lai expressed his hope for enhanced understanding and cooperation with Beijing. He urged China to “share the heavy responsibility of regional stability with Taiwan.”

Lai emphasized his commitment to peaceful dialogue, stating, “We look forward to enhancing mutual understanding and reconciliation with China via exchanges and cooperation, creating mutual benefit and moving towards a position of peace and common prosperity.”

[Image of Lai Ching-te, President of Taiwan]

Taiwan’s Condemnation

Despite Lai’s conciliatory tone, Taiwan’s government has strongly condemned China’s military exercises. The defense ministry reported the discovery of a cardboard box containing pro-Beijing propaganda on one of the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen islands.

China’s Continued Pressure

Beijing claims Taiwan as its own territory and has increased military activity around the island in recent years. The war games held on Thursday and Friday were a response to Lai’s inauguration speech, which China deemed a push for formal independence.

Lai has consistently rejected Beijing’s sovereignty claims, asserting that only the people of Taiwan have the right to determine their future.

International Concern

Lai thanked the United States and other nations for voicing their concerns about the Chinese exercises. “The international community will not accept any country creating waves in the Taiwan Strait and affecting regional stability,” he said.

[Image of a Chinese missile launch]

Propaganda Offensive

In addition to the war games, China has intensified its propaganda efforts, releasing videos and animations depicting the military’s “cross-strait lethality.”

Outlook for Relations

Despite the recent tensions, Lai remains hopeful that dialogue and reconciliation can be achieved. However, it remains to be seen how China will respond to his overtures, as Beijing has consistently refused his offers of talks.

Data sourced from: cnbc.com