Sosok.ID – Beijing’s hostile attitude towards Taiwan has increased dramatically under the leadership of the President Xi Jinping.
Xi described the island’s union with the mainland as “inevitable”.
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Because for months Beijing has increased its fighter jet attacks in Taiwan.
In his speech on Taiwan’s national day, President Tsai Ing-wen said the international community was becoming concerned about China‘s “expanding hegemony”.
Beijing views democratic and self-governing Taiwan as its own territory and has never abandoned the use of force to restore it to its original position.
But Tsai referred to Xi’s recent speech to the United Nations which he said gave Taiwan hope.
“I am also aware that leaders across the Strait (Xi) have publicly stated in a video message to the United Nations General Assembly that China will never seek hegemony, expansion, or sphere of influence … we hope this is the beginning of true change. “
“We are committed to upholding cross-strait stability, but this is not something Taiwan can bear alone, this is a shared responsibility of both parties,” he added.
Beijing’s hostile attitude towards Taiwan has increased dramatically, describing the unification of the island with the land as “inevitable”.
This is also a response to Tsai’s election in 2016 and again earlier this year.
Tsai views Taiwan as a sovereign state and rejects the idea that the island is part of “one China“.
The Chinese military has added to the pressure even more than usual this year.
They dispatched warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense zones at unprecedented frequency and sometimes also crossed the so-called “center line” of the Taiwan Strait.
On Friday, jet China entered Taiwan’s air defense zone for the seventh time this month and the fourth day in a row this week, according to the Taipei defense ministry.
Tsai promised that Taiwan “will not act rashly” and will work to lower the risk of conflict military.
“As long as the Beijing authorities are willing to resolve antagonisms and improve cross-strait relations … we are willing to work together to facilitate meaningful dialogue,” he said.