Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday, October 10, that there is “no room for compromise” over the island’s sovereignty, sending a strong signal to Beijing about its reunification effort.
Tsai stressed the importance of the island’s independence in her speech marking the celebration of the 111th anniversary of the Republic of China, the island’s official name.
She said the Taiwanese people are to defend their sovereignty and their free and democratic way of life. She added, “On this point, we have no room for compromise.”
However, she noted that a war with Beijing is “not an option” for Taiwan and called on Beijing to respect the Taiwanese people.
Tsai said, “I want to make clear to the Beijing authorities that armed confrontation is absolutely not an option for our two sides. Only by respecting the commitment of the Taiwanese people to our sovereignty, democracy, and freedom can there be a foundation for resuming constructive interaction across the Taiwan Strait.”
In response to her latest gesture, the Chinese regime again rejected her, repeating its narrative that the island was an inseparable part of its territory.
Tsai’s speech comes ahead of the 20th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party hosted in Beijing. Chinese leader Xi Jinping is expected to seduce his third five-year term.
Taiwan’s president also mentioned that because of Beijing’s aggressive military threats in recent years, the island must upgrade its defense forces capabilities to be prepared for any possible invasion.
She added that the island is ramping up the mass production of precision missiles and high-performance naval vessels. It will also get many small, highly mobile precision weapons to respond to “external military threats.”
The Republic of China was the losing side of the Chinese civil war between nationalists and communists in 1949. It moved to Taiwan at the time and still considers mainland China part of its territory.
On the other hand, the Chinese communist regime has repeatedly claimed Taiwan as a part of its territory and threatens to reunify the island by force if necessary.