Taiwan President Vows to Maintain Island's Sovereignty and Security

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is vowing to defend the self-ruled island against China's growing assertiveness. During her annual National Day address Wednesday, President Tsai said Taiwan would increase its defense budget annually and further develop its domestic defense industries, especially towards the building of new submarines and advance training aircraft. China broke off relations with Taiwan after Tsai, the leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in 2016 and refused to accept Beijing's long-standing "One China" principle, under which Taiwan is a part of the mainland. Tsai said Taiwan is not seeking confrontation, but will not willingly submit to Beijing's aggression. Beijing has ramped up pressure on the island in recent months, carrying out numerous military exercises in the Taiwan Strait, blocking Taipei's participation in international organizations, and persuading several nations to switch diplomatic relations from Taiwan to China. China and Taiwan split after the 1949 civil war... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline article, Taiwan President Vows to Maintain Island's Sovereignty and Security, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give 'Phuket Hotel Deals' a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you visit 'VOA NEWS'. Thank you Taiwan President Vows to Maintain Island's Sovereignty and Security


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