Taiwan says will not accept any deal that destroys democracy

FILE PHOTO – Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen visits the 6th Army Command, ahead of Lunar New Year, in Taoyuan, Taiwan January 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

TAIPEI (Reuters) – 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.

Reporting By Yimou Lee, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Darren Schuettler

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