Taiwan vows to defend its sovereignty amid China pressure

Taiwan vows to defend its sovereignty amid China pressure

A military regime for almost 40 years, Taiwan held its first-ever direct presidential election in 1996 and is now one of the region's most vibrant multi-party democracies. The world is "still changing fast, and the changes are even more dramatic", she said and referred to the continuing US-China trade dispute. "Rejection of "one country, two systems" is the biggest consensus among Taiwan's 23 million people across parties and positions".

"At this time, when the eyes of the world are focused on Hong Kong and the brutal repression of Hong Kong, the stakes of fighting for democracy and fighting for freedom are that much more important, and that is what Taiwan rightly symbolizes for the world", Cruz said at a meeting with President Tsai. "Their diplomatic offensives and military coercion pose a serious challenge to regional stability and peace", she said.

Tsai's comments came amid a renewed push by China to diplomatically isolate the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory.

Tsai is now running about 13 points ahead of Kuomintang candidate Han Kuo-yu in Tawian's January presidential election. A slogan of "Hong Kong today, Taiwan tomorrow" is trending online, showing public opposition to China's planned "one country, two systems" arrangement for eventual unification with Taiwan.

Speaking at a luncheon at the Yushan Forum in Taipei, Sanders said the mainstream USA media could not believe that Trump had beaten Hilary Clinton and won the 2016 election, and they were less than chuffed to see him win.

Most people were probably enjoying the long weekend holiday and not actually watching the speech, Feingold said, but noted that Tsai appeared to be the frontrunner in January's presidential election.

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen and election rival, Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu.

China cut off contact with Tsai's government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 because she rejects Beijing's claim to the island.

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Over the past year, China has stepped up pressure on Taiwan, parading its military might and wooing the island's few remaining formal diplomatic allies.

Tsai, a 63-year-old USA -educated law scholar, is ramping up her campaign for reelection before the vote in January.

"Our protest is to demand that the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] cancel the national day celebrations, which is related to a Chinese political movement that took place in China and had nothing to do with Taiwanese", Yang said.

In the past, Beijing has threatened to use force to subdue the island and block any move towards independence. Five other countries have switched sides under Tsai.

Tsai stressed on Thursday that Taiwan would work with its worldwide partners to keep the peace around the Taiwan Strait.

"We should celebrate "Taiwan national day" on September 8 instead", Chen said. "We will not act provocatively or rashly; rather, we will work with like-minded countries to ensure that the peaceful and stable cross-strait status quo is not unilaterally altered". This year alone, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has approved two major arms sales to Taiwan.

Then Taiwan could forge diplomatic ties as a new nation, as the ROC is an illegal regime and not recognized by the worldwide community, they said.

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