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Taiwan, China spar over premier’s remarks

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Taiwanese new premier William Lai speaks during a cabinet transition ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s government said yesterday that China was stirring up its media to threaten the self-ruled island after a major state-run newspaper said China should issue an international arrest warrant for Taiwan’s premier for his comments on independence.

After Taiwan Premier William Lai told parliament on Friday that he believes Taiwan was a sovereign, independent country, Chinese tabloid Global Times said he should be prosecuted under China’s 2005 Anti-Secession Law.

“If evidence of his crimes are cast iron, then a global wanted notice can be issued for him,” the paper wrote on Saturday.

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office weighed in, saying Mr Lai’s comments were “angerous and presumptuous”, which harm peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and that Taiwan will never be separated from China.

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