Taiwan will continue to strengthen its defenses so that no one can force them to follow the path that China has paved, which offers neither freedom nor democracy, President Tsai Ying-wen said Sunday in response to his government’s condemnation of Beijing.
Having declared China its own territory, Taiwan is under increasing military and political pressure to accept Beijing’s rule, including repeated Chinese air force missions in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone, which is of concern to the international community.
President of China Xi Jinping vows on Saturday to carry out “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan and did not explicitly mention the use of force.
However, he received an angry reaction from Taipei, who said that only the people of Taiwan can decide their future. Addressing the National Day rally, Tsai said she hoped to ease tensions in the Taiwan Strait and reiterated that Taiwan would not “act rashly.”
“But there should be absolutely no illusion that the Taiwanese people will succumb to the pressure,” she said in a speech in front of the presidential office in downtown Taipei. “We will continue to strengthen our national defenses and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to defend ourselves. ensure that no one can force Taiwan to follow the path that China paved for us, ”Tsai added.
“This is because the path that China has paved offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.” China has largely offered Taiwan a one-country, two-system autonomy model. as used with Hong Kong, but all major Taiwanese parties have rejected it, especially after China’s crackdown on the security of the former British colony.
Tsai reiterated the offer to speak with China on a parity basis, but Beijing, responding about nine hours after her speech, denounced her, saying the country should be “reunited” and that the pursuit of independence is closing the door to negotiations.
“This speech promoted Taiwan’s independence, fomented confrontation, corrupted history, and distorted facts,” the Chinese Bureau of Taiwan Affairs said.
“The provocation by the Democratic Progressive Party authorities regarding independence is a source of tension and instability between the two sides of the strait and the greatest threat to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he added, referring to the ruling Tsai party.
Beijing has refused to deal with Tsai, calling her a separatist who refuses to recognize Taiwan as part of “One China” and does not recognize the Taiwan government. She says Taiwan is an independent country, officially called the Republic of China, and that it will not compromise on defending its sovereignty or freedom.
However, Taiwan’s goodwill will not change and it will do everything it can to prevent a unilateral change in the status quo with China, she said. Tsai warned that the situation in Taiwan is “more complex and more volatile than it has ever been in the past 72 years. And that China’s regular military presence in Taiwan’s air defense zone has seriously impacted national and aviation security.
It oversees a military modernization program to strengthen its defenses and containment, including building its own submarines and long-range missiles that could strike deep into China.
The military was the main part of Tsai’s National Day parade, with fighters roaring in the skies over the presidential office and truck-mounted missile launchers, among other weapons, passing in front of the stage she sat on.
Taiwan is at the forefront of the defense of democracy, Tsai added. “The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face.
China. Therefore, I want to remind all my fellow citizens that we have no right to relax our vigilance. “