Date: August 12, 2018
By: Christopher Carbone
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen vowed that “no one can obliterate Taiwan’s
existence” on Sunday amid pressure from China to stamp out references to the island.
China has long claimed the self-ruled democratic island as its own, but it has stepped up a campaign more recently as it tries to assert Chinese sovereignty by ordering foreign companies to label Taiwan as a part of China.
Also, Reuters reports that China also has been whittling down the number of countries that recognize Taiwan, now just 18, with Burkina Faso and the Dominican Republic switching relations to Beijing this year.
Speaking before her flight to Los Angeles, where she will spend one night prior to visiting Belize and Paraguay, Tsai struck a defiant tone.
“In going abroad, the whole world can see Taiwan; they can see our country as well as our support for democracy and freedom,” Tsai said, reports Reuters. “We only need to be firm so that no one can obliterate Taiwan’s existence.”