Tsai: Taiwan Seeking to Avoid Confrontation

President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday that Taiwan “does not seek military confrontation, but will do whatever it takes to defend its freedom.” 

Tsai said that the warplane incursions – a total of 149 Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over four days, have undermined peace in the region. 

“Chinese aggression has severely undermined regional peace and stability. Beijing must refrain from going too far and accidentally sparking conflict across the Strait,” Tsai said at the weekly meeting of the Democratic Progressive Party Central Standing Committee.

Tsai, however, maintained that the people of Taiwan have “made clear to the entire world that democracy is non-negotiable.” 

Tsai also pledged that “Taiwan will not bend to pressure, nor will it turn adventurist, even when it accumulated support from the international community.”

In her opening remarks at the Yushan Forum, Tsai said Taiwan “is ready to work diligently with like-minded partners on the development of the region, and is “fully committed to working with regional actors to ensure stability.”

Meanwhile, Taiwan Minster of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Wednesday that the ministry is proposing enhancing the capabilities of Taiwan Air Force and Navy at the cost of NT$240 billion in weapons and defense systems procurement and development.

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