© Reuters Taiwan’s President Tsai Ying-wen attends an event at Hinchu Air Force Base in Taichu on October, 2021, on the eve of Taiwan’s National Day. Writers / Ann Wang
Taipei (Reuters) – Taiwan’s President Xi Jinping will pledge to defend the island’s sovereignty and democracy in a keynote speech on Sunday, saying it faces more complex and serious challenges than ever before, as tensions with China escalate.
Democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, has come under increasing military and political pressure from Beijing, including a four-day massive attack on Taiwan’s air defense identification zone by the Chinese air force earlier this month.
According to an outline of his National Day speech on Sunday, a source told Reuters about his content, Sai would say Taiwan is at the forefront of defending democracy and faces unprecedentedly complex and serious challenges.
Tsai reiterated Taiwan’s full determination to defend itself and maintain regional peace and stability, and urged Taiwan not to “rush”.
But when it comes to Taiwan’s sovereignty, no one can back down, he says.
Earlier in the day, speaking in Beijing on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping made the remarks at https://www.reuters.com/world/china/chinas-xi-says-reunification-with-taiwan-must-will-be-realised-2021 Promised. 10-09 did not mention the use of force after weeks of “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan and tensions directly with the island, which has raised international concerns.
Taiwan reacted angrily to the statement, saying only the people of Taiwan have the right to determine their own future, and the right to reject China’s coercive tactics.
Promising to side with Beijing, China refuses to talk to Xi, who was re-elected by last year’s landslide, believing he is a separatist.
Tsai says Taiwan is an independent country whose official name is the Republic of China.
He has built a foundation for his administration to strengthen Taiwan’s defenses so that it can build a more credible resistance to China, which is pursuing an ambitious modernization program of its own military.
Tsai spent Saturday evening at a National Day reception at Hsinchu Air Base in northern Taiwan, where he thanked the armed forces for protecting the island.
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