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Taiwan to bolster military amid China tension

  • Published at 09:26 pm October 10th, 2017
Taiwan to bolster military amid China tension

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday to bolster the island's military but added it will not "seek war" amid tensions with its biggest rival China.

Cross-strait relations have rapidly deteriorated since Tsai took office last May, with Beijing cutting all official communications with Taipei as it does not trust her traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party.

The two sides split after a civil war in 1949 but China still sees self-governing Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought back into its fold, by force if necessary.

Tsai made the remarks Tuesday in a national address at a National Day celebration, her second since taking office last year.

Taiwan is committed to build its own military jets and submarines, and should be prepared for increasing cybersecurity and espionage risks, she said.

Troop morale and soldier benefits must also be improved, Tsai added.

"Although we are strengthening our military capabilities, we do not seek war," she said.

"We remain committed to maintaining peace and stability both in the Taiwan Strait and across the region."

Tsai also called on Beijing to find "new modes" for cross-strait interactions.

China has repeatedly said Tsai must acknowledge both sides are part of "one China" for dialogue to resume, but the Taiwan leader has refused to do so.

Beijing has ramped up pressure on Tsai by sailing its sole aircraft carrier and flying jets near the island during military exercises, as well as blocking Taipei from participating in key international events.

"Although political differences between the two sides have led to some complications, we have nevertheless worked to maintain the basic stability of cross-strait relations," Tsai said Tuesday, adding Taipei will not "bow to pressure."

Tsai's remarks come as China's Communist Party is set to hold its 19th congress next week, expected to cement President Xi Jinping as the most powerful Chinese leader in a generation.

Beijing sees any calls for Taiwan independence as a challenge to its power, even though the island today is a thriving democracy.

 
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