China claims that democratically governed Taiwan is its own territory and has increased military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty claims.
The President of Taiwan urged China to curb its “military adventurism” because the tension between the two countries has reached its highest level in years.
Beijing has raised prices Military and diplomatic pressure Since Tsai Ing-wen came to power in 2016, she opposed Taiwan’s position as a Chinese territory.
China claims that democratically governed Taiwan is its own territory and has increased military and diplomatic pressure in the past two years to assert its sovereignty claims.
“We must remind the Beijing authorities not to misjudge the situation and prevent’military adventurism’ from expanding internally,” Tsai Ing-wen said in a New Year’s address on Saturday.
In recent months, the number of Chinese warplanes’ incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone hit a record high.
Cai added that the Beijing authorities “should prevent military adventurism from spreading in their ranks”.
“Using military means is definitely not a solution to the differences between the two countries.”
She said that in order to ease regional tensions, both Taipei and Beijing must “work hard to take care of the people’s livelihood and reassure the people” and jointly seek a peaceful solution to the problem.
Chinese President Xi Jinping declared in his New Year speech that “the complete reunification of the motherland is the common aspiration of the people of Mainland China and Taiwan.”
On Saturday, after Tsai Ing-wen’s speech, Zhu Fenglian, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council in Beijing, said: “We are willing to fight for the prospect of peaceful reunification.
“But if the’Taiwan independence’ separatist forces continue to provoke and coerce, or even cross the red line, we will have to take decisive measures.”
The pursuit of independence will only plunge Taiwan into an “different abyss” and bring “great disaster”.
In October last year, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense warned that after a record number of Chinese jets entered its air defense zone, military tensions with China reached the highest level in 40 years.
In recent years, Beijing has also stepped up its efforts to isolate Taiwan on the international stage.
It believes that any formal declaration of Taiwan’s “independence” is a provocation and has repeatedly threatened the consequences of countries that support Taipei’s self-determination.
Beijing encourages Taiwan’s dwindling diplomatic allies to change their positions.
Recently, Nicaragua recognized Beijing instead of Taipei, and China opened an embassy in this Central American country on Friday.
In his speech, Tsai Ing-wen also stated that Taiwan will continue to monitor the situation in Hong Kong, adding that the intervention in the recent legislative elections and the arrest of senior staff of the pro-democracy media “Stance News” this week “make people more worried about human rights and freedom of speech in Hong Kong.” .
Tsai Ing-wen said: “We will uphold our sovereignty, safeguard the values of freedom and democracy, safeguard territorial sovereignty and national security, and maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”