Taiwan’s president gave a speech this Sunday, Oct. 10, during National Day celebrations reaffirming the island’s determination to continue its independence from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) dictatorship that has continued to escalate its rhetoric about unifying the island.
While Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan’s president, said she hoped tensions with the Chinese regime would ease, she asserted that ‘there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure’ from the CCP.
“Our position on cross-strait relations remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our commitments will change,” she said. “We call for maintaining the status quo, and we will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered.”
The Taiwanese leader’s speech came amid a show of military force with fighter jets taking to the skies over the presidential office and truck-mounted missile launchers paraded in front of the stage where she spoke. Planes bearing the Taiwan flag also flew through the sky.
“We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” Tsai said.
“This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people,” the president added.
Tsai’s speech was in response to statements by CCP leader Xi Xinping who said on the day that ‘National reunification by peaceful means best serves the interests of the Chinese nation as a whole, including our compatriots in Taiwan.’
Xi added that ‘those who forget their heritage, betray their motherland, and seek to split the country will come to no good end; they will be disdained by the people and condemned by history,’ making a clear reference to Taiwan’s independence.
The CCP leader also stressed that the unification of the country is solely an internal affair and urges other countries not to meddle with it, for it will not tolerate any kind of ‘interference.”
Xi’s call for reunification on Saturday is the latest in a series of moves by the Chinese regime to pressure the island to ‘join’ the communist dictatorship.
During the October 1 celebrations marking 70 years since the CCP took control of China, the regime sent 77 warplanes, some even with nuclear capability, to fly over Taiwan’s skies in an attempt to intimidate.
According to Daily Mail, one of the CCP’s propaganda mouthpiece newspapers, Global Times, published an editorial on Monday, Oct. 11, reacting to the Taiwanese president’s speech, saying that ‘forcing’ reunification will hasten the end of Taiwanese ‘separatists.’
On the same day, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) used its Weibo account, a Chinese social media under state control, to post a video of Chinese troops allegedly invading an island in an attempt to demonstrate the PLA’s ability to invade Taiwan, which has no real military experience.
Some experts say these maneuvers are part of the CCP’s tactic to distract the Chinese people from the economic crisis and many other problems afflicting the country and arouse the national sentiment to garner long lost support from the people.
Taiwan has governed itself autonomously since 1949 – when Kuomintang Nationalist forces entrenched themselves on the island fleeing the battlefield in mainland China – and with a democratic system and preservation of traditional culture has flourished economically.
Far from having succeeded in intimidating Taiwan with its provocations, the CCP aroused the reaction of its allies: the United States reiterated its ‘interest’ in maintaining Taiwan’s independence and reached an agreement with the United Kingdom to arm Australia, whose relations with China are at their worst, with nuclear submarines.
More recently, the Japanese foreign minister stated that Japan is analyzing Japan’s military responses to a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan. In addition, Beijing’s enmity with India presents a very unfavorable scenario for the CCP in the face of a possible armed conflict.