South Korea Advocates for Continued Peace and Stability Across Taiwan Strait Post-Election

SEOUL — Following the election of a U.S.-friendly president in Taiwan, South Korea has expressed its desire for the continued preservation of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. This sentiment was articulated by a South Korean foreign ministry official on Sunday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the election of Lai Ching-te, vice president of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, as president of Taiwan, signals a crucial phase for regional dynamics. Lai emerged victorious over his China-friendly rival from the main opposition party. The official emphasized the significance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, not only for the Korean Peninsula but also as a fundamental component for regional peace and prosperity.

South Korea is keen on furthering practical cooperation with Taiwan in various sectors, as stated by the foreign ministry official. This approach aligns with the South Korean government's unchanged stance on issues related to Taiwan.

Despite concerns that the election of a U.S.-friendly president might escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing, political analysts believe the situation's stability hinges on both sides' commitment to managing cross-strait relations effectively. Professor Kang Jun-young of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies commented that irrespective of the election's outcome, the U.S.-China rivalry for dominance over the Taiwan Strait would continue to influence regional peace prospects.

Amid these developments, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a meeting in Washington last Friday with Liu Jianchao, a minister of the International Liaison Department of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Committee. This meeting coincided with the election in Taiwan.

Additionally, U.S. President Joe Biden, addressing reporters on Saturday, clarified the U.S. position on Taiwan, stating, "We do not support independence." This statement comes at a time when global attention is focused on the implications of the Taiwanese election for international relations and regional stability.

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