In comments made a day after China’s Xi Jinping vowed a “peaceful reunification”, Taiwan’s president said the island country would continue to build up its defenses and oppose “the path China has set for us”.
“We will do our best to prevent a unilateral change of the status quo,” President Tsai Ing-wen said at the island’s National Day celebrations on Sunday.
He rebuked China’s leader, saying, “We will continue to strengthen our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves by ensuring that no one takes Taiwan to follow the path set for us by China.” Couldn’t force it.”
Tsai also pointed out the difference between Taiwan’s democratic self-government and the state run by the Communist Party of China.
“The path China has taken has neither provided a free and democratic lifestyle for Taiwan nor sovereignty for our 23 million people,” he said.
His speech came amid rising tensions last week after People’s Liberation Army planes violated Taiwan’s airspace and revelations that a US special operations unit and a small force of Marines are on the island. I
At the same time, the US and its allies conducted naval maneuvers in the South China Sea – operations that China warned were on the edge of a “face-to-face”.
China believes that Taiwan is part of its territory and has not ruled out the use of force to reunify Taiwan.
But Xi vowed in a speech on Saturday to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, saying the interests of the people of Taiwan would be best served.
“Taiwan’s independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving homeland reunification, and the most serious hidden threat to national rejuvenation,” Xi said.
“No one should underestimate the determination, strong will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Chinese leader said. “The historic task of the complete integration of the Motherland must, and must, be accomplished.”
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