Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen offers a speech throughout Taiwan’s Nationwide Day in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Eason Lam
TAIPEI (Reuters) – President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Thursday to defend Taiwan’s sovereignty, saying her authorities would defend freedom and democracy as Beijing ramps up stress on the self-ruled island it considers a wayward province.
In a Nationwide Day speech, Tsai stated China’s “one nation, two programs” proposal for Taiwan had affected regional security, including that Hong Kong, hit by months-long anti-government protests, was “on the sting of dysfunction” because of the failure of an analogous political association guaranteeing sure freedoms.
Since Tsai took workplace in 2016, Beijing has stepped up stress on the island, by flying common bomber patrols round it, amongst different efforts.
Since 2016, Taiwan has misplaced seven allies as international locations have switched diplomatic ties to Beijing, which has by no means renounced the usage of pressure to deliver the island below China’s management.
Reporting by Yimou Lee; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez