China thanks Taiwan president, indirectly, for concern over floods

Updated: July 22nd, 2021 01:40 PM IST

China thanks Taiwan president, indirectly, for concern over floods

China thanks Taiwan president, indirectly, for concern over floods Photo

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends the launch of the first of a new generation of coast guard patrol ships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang

BEIJING — China’s government on Thursday offered an indirect thank you to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen for her message of concern over devastating floods in the central Chinese province of Henan, in a rare show of goodwill between Beijing and Taipei.

Tsai on Wednesday, though her spokesman, expressed concern and sent her condolences to the victims, saying she hoped normal life could resume as soon as possible.

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In a brief statement, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office expressed its thanks to “relevant parties in Taiwan and people from all walks of life who have expressed their concern and condolences to the disaster-stricken area through various forms”.

Johnny Chiang, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition party the Kuomintang, which traditionally favors closer ties with China, also expressed his condolences for the floods.

Taiwan has been incensed by repeated Chinese military drills near the island, while China has lambasted the United States for stepping up its support for Taiwan.

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