U.K. parliamentary group voices support for President Tsai

London, Jan. 10 (CNA) The British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thursday expressed support for Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's response to China's recent warning that unification with Taiwan is inevitable.In a joint statement, U.K. Parliamentary Member Nigel Evans and Lord Rogan, deputy speaker of the House of Lords, said they wholly support Tsai's firm position to bolster Taiwan as a full-fledged democracy, which shares the universal values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the rule of law with the U.K.As co-chairs of the British group, Evans and Rogan said, they understand that the vast majority of Taiwanese resolutely opposes the "one country, two systems" unification formula proposed by China.The U.K. group said it regards any threat or intimidation across the Taiwan Strait as irresponsible and hopes China will respect the firm commitment of Taiwan's 23 million people to freedom and democracy.The two U.K. lawmakers said they are looking forward to both sides of the Taiwan Strait having their voices heard in international forums such as the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization.In a speech on Jan. 2 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's "Message to compatriots in Taiwan," Chinese President Xi Jinping said China seeks "peaceful unification" with Taiwan but will not rule out the option of military action.He also said the "one country, two systems" formula is the best approach to achieving unification.In response, President Tsai said China must accept the reality of the existence of the Republic of China (Taiwan), respect the commitment of the 23 million people of Taiwan to freedom and democracy, resolve cross-strait differences peacefully and equitably, and negotiate with Taiwan's government or an organization with a government mandate.The vast majority of Taiwanese also resolutely opposes "one country, two systems," and this opposition is also a "Taiwan consensus," she said.Meanwhile, David Lin, Taiwan's top representative to the United Kingdom, on Thursday thanked the U.K. group for its strong support of Taiwan in the international community.