The Taiwan Presidential Office responded to statements on October 16 about Taiwan by Xi Jinping, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary.

According to Taiwan News, in the statement at the opening ceremony of the 20th Congress, Xi said that China must resolve the “Taiwan issue,” adding that the CCP’s military exercises are proof of China’s commitment to resisting “separatist forces.”

Xi also declared “firm determination and strong ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

In a statement responding to Xi, Taiwan Presidential Office Spokesperson Chang Tun-han said that Taiwan is a sovereign country, and the Taiwanese believe and insist on its democracy and freedom.

Chang added that most Taiwanese have firmly refused the “one country, two systems” offered by the CCP.

Chang shared that President Tsai Ing-wen has repeatedly reiterated Taiwan’s position through “four commitments,” upholding Taiwan’s sovereignty, democracy, security, and prosperity.

Besides, Taiwan will be self-reliant and will strengthen its presence in the international arena.

Chang said that Taiwan’s position is clear, the island will not give up its sovereignty, nor will its democracy and freedom be threatened.

In the statement, Chang also said that Taiwan’s national security force would closely monitor the situation and developments during the CCP’s national 20th Congress.

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