President reiterates willingness to engage with Beijing on equal terms

Focus Taiwan
By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Matthew Mazzetta

Taipei, Oct. 31 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said during a meeting of senior national security officials on Saturday that she remains willing to engage in "substantive dialogue" with the Chinese leadership on equal terms, but cautioned that cross-Taiwan Strait peace will not be achieved by showing weakness or making concessions.

According to a release provided by the Presidential Office, the meeting's agenda included talks on the Chinese military threat and regional security, strengthening ties with the United States, maintaining stability in cross-strait relations, domestic economic stability and security, and future economic development.

In terms of the security risk, Tsai said China's military has conducted a growing number of maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait, the South China Sea and the East China Sea in recent months, threatening regional security.

Taiwan will continue to act as a responsible member of the region, she said. However, she went on to say that "history has proven that showing weakness and making concessions does not lead to peace, which can only be achieved by strength and the resolve to defend one's homeland."

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