Taiwan to enhance national security in face of Chinese pressure: Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the island would use all methods to prevent infiltration from other countries.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the island would use all methods to prevent infiltration from other countries.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

TAIPEI (REUTERS)- Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vowed on Wednesday (Oct 10) to enhance national security, warning that her government will not submit to Chinese suppression as Beijing ramps up pressure to assert sovereignty over the island.

In a National Day speech to mark Taiwan's self-rule from 1949, Ms Tsai said the island would use all methods to prevent infiltration from other countries.

She said China's increased pressure on Taiwan had challenged the status quo across the Taiwan Strait, but that Taiwan will not recklessly provoke China.

China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has increased military and diplomatic pressure on Taipei.

The island this year lost three allies who switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing, and saw its giant neighbour send bombers and fighter jets for encirclement drills around Taiwan.