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Taiwan president to pledge defence of sovereignty, democracy

WorldOct 09, 2021 04:21PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a gala on the eve of Taiwan's National Day at Hsinchu Air Force Base in Hsinchu, Taiwan October 9, 2021. REUTERSN/Ann Wang 2/2

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pledge to defend the island's sovereignty and democracy in a major speech on Sunday, saying it faces challenges more complex and severe than ever, at a time when tensions with China have risen.

Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has come under increasing military and political pressure from Beijing, which included this month four straight days of mass incursions by China's air force into Taiwan's air defence identification zone.

According to an outline of her national day speech on Sunday, as described to Reuters by a source briefed on its contents, Tsai will say Taiwan is at the front lines of defending democracy and faces unprecedented complicated and severe challenges.

Tsai will reiterate Taiwan's full determination to defend itself and maintain regional peace and stability, and also stress Taiwan will not "advance rashly".

But when it comes to Taiwan's sovereignty, there can be no backing down, she will say.

Speaking earlier on Saturday in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to realise https://www.reuters.com/world/china/chinas-xi-says-reunification-with-taiwan-must-will-be-realised-2021-10-09 "peaceful reunification" with Taiwan and did not directly mention the use of force after the week of tensions with the island that sparked international concern.

Taiwan reacted angrily to the speech, saying only Taiwan's people have the right to decide their own future, and decrying China's coercive tactics.

China refuses to speak to Tsai, re-elected by a landslide last year on a promise to stand up to Beijing, believing she is a separatist.

Tsai says Taiwan is an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name.

She has made strengthening Taiwan's defences a cornerstone of her administration to enable it to mount a more credible deterrence to China which is ramping up an ambitious modernisation programme of its own military.

Tsai spent Saturday evening at a national day reception at the Hsinchu air base in northern Taiwan, where she thanked the armed forces for their efforts to defend the island.

Taiwan president to pledge defence of sovereignty, democracy
 

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Todd Gray
Todd Gray Oct 09, 2021 11:08PM ET
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It China does invade, I can see Taiwan destroying the manufacturing capabilities China wants, before they can seize it. I'd certainly consider it. Suppose they could force the Taiwanese to live in all those empty condos. Bummer. I've been to Taiwan. Great place. Go outside the city an hour, and you step back hundreds of years time.
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David9 Oct 09, 2021 11:08PM ET
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If you said you have been to Taiwan, you have to show your proof... without that, anyone can say that...
David David
David9 Oct 09, 2021 10:36PM ET
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Plus the title of the article is already wrong... it should Taiwan's Mayor...
sam Ala
sam Ala Oct 09, 2021 10:36PM ET
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you should be blocked from comments about China.
Wuhan Lee
Wuhan Lee Oct 09, 2021 10:35PM ET
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USA Should nuke China
David David
David9 Oct 09, 2021 10:35PM ET
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Why?
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David9 Oct 09, 2021 10:35PM ET
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China has all the capabilities to defend itself... they are not a cat but a Lion...
Methouch Chongvilaigasame
Methouch Chongvilaigasame Oct 09, 2021 10:35PM ET
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Apocalyps
Kwong To
Kwong To Oct 09, 2021 10:35PM ET
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They should if they are tired of living.
David David
David9 Oct 09, 2021 9:13PM ET
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There only One China... China allows two systems... that is what 99% of the world agreed... if this get change, it will get ugly...
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 09, 2021 7:58PM ET
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Taiwan’s got nukes and WILL use ‘em.. China better learn to respect their sovereign neighbors. Imagine how popular ccp will be if they go and get millions of their subjects offed by being stupid. Literally every other Asian nation hates their guts.. gotta be pretty special to achieve that.
tianxia xu
tianxia xu Oct 09, 2021 5:39PM ET
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the constitution in both Taiwan and mainland China claims each other ' inseparable terrortory'
tianxia xu
tianxia xu Oct 09, 2021 5:38PM ET
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the constitution in both Taiwan and mainland China claims each other ' inseparable terrortory' those who support taiwan independence should encourage domocratic taiwan to change its constitution first
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the constitution in both Taiwan and mainland China claims each other ' inseparable terrortory' those who support taiwan independence should encourage domocratic taiwan to change its constitution first
Nordin Mohamad
Nordin Mohamad Oct 09, 2021 5:13PM ET
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wow it look like the war is coming very very soon...
Beautiful Life
Beautiful Life Oct 09, 2021 5:13PM ET
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War only by irresponsible politian, ppls want world peace.
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War only by irresponsible politician, ppls want world peace.
John Hat
John Hat Oct 09, 2021 2:02PM ET
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Taiwan is an independent nation, separate from weak Communist China.
David David
David9 Oct 09, 2021 2:02PM ET
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Explain to us why 99% of the world doesn't see it as such?
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David David Must be a bunch of poo nannies like you out there.
 
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