Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday called on China to end its “military adventures.” Years have passed since tensions escalated between Beijing and Taipei.
Beijing has stepped up pressure on the democratic island since Tsai took office in 2016, arguing that Taiwan is a sovereign country and not part of China. In recent months, the Chinese Air Force has conducted a record number of flights in the Taiwanese air defense zone.
In her New Year’s address, Tsai said the Beijing authorities “should stop promoting military adventures in their ranks.” “Using military means is not an option at all to resolve differences between the two sides.”
Beijing regards the island as a rebellious province that must eventually be reunited with the continent, if necessary by force. In his New Year address, Chinese President Xi Jinping said that “the complete reunification of our homeland is the common aspiration of the peoples” of China and Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry warned in October of military tensions with China. They wouldn’t have gone this far in forty years.
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