Tsai Says Chinese Drills Threaten Taiwan but is Not Intimidated
Taiwan is not intimidated by China's military drills this week, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after the latest Chinese military maneuvers were denounced by a senior U.S. official as "coercion" and a threat to stability in the region. China's People's Liberation Army said its warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft had conducted "necessary drills" around Taiwan on Monday, although it described them as routine. Tsai said Taiwan was not intimidated by the drills. "As you may be aware, China's armed forces yesterday sent a large number of military aircraft and naval vessels into our vicinity. Their actions threaten Taiwan and other-like minded countries in the region," Tsai said. "These actions only serve to strengthen our resolve. Our military forces have the capacity, determination, and commitment to defend Taiwan and not allow coercion to dictate our own future," she said. Tsai also said the Trump administration had notified Taipei of its third arms sale to Taiwan, the training of pilots at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. "It enhances their abilities to defend our air space. I want to express my appreciation to the U.S. government for the announcement," she said. Tsai was speaking at a forum co-hosted by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 40th anniversary of Taiwan-U.S. ties under the Taiwan Relations Act, following Washington's decision to ditch formal recognition of Taiwan in favor of China in 1979. The event was attended by a delegation led by Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Taiwan scrambled jets and ships to monitor the Chinese forces on Monday, its defense ministry said, accusing Beijing of "trying to change the status quo of the Taiwan Strait." 'Encirclement patrols' The goal of the drills was to practice a "combined firepower assault" that included electronic jamming from... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Tsai Says Chinese Drills Threaten Taiwan but is Not Intimidated, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
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