Taiwan will not bow to pressure and will defend its democratic way of life, President Tsai Ing-wen has said.
China’s President Xi Jinping vowed to restore full reunification with Taiwan in recent days.
China also sent a record number of military jets into Taiwan airspace this week, turning up the tensions between the two states.
Taiwan views itself as a sovereign state, while China views it as a breakaway province.
“The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face from China,” Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said.
In her speech on Sunday, she said Taiwan was “standing on democracy’s first line of defence”.
She said Taiwan would not act rashly, but would bolster its defences to “ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us”.
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