Taiwan’s Tsai eyes regional cooperation to counter Chinese expansion

The Japan Times
Date: Oct 8, 2020

TAIPEI – Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Thursday to work with countries in

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen makes a speech ahead of the light show at the Presidential Office building for the National Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, October 6, 2020. REUTER/Ann Wang

Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific to ensure sustainable prosperity in the region amid China’s military expansion.

Tsai said at an international forum in Taipei that her government will proactively contribute to the creation of a region that is “open, free, inclusive, transparent and equal, and operates under a rules-based order.”

“We oppose any heavy-handed and unilateral aggression actions that jeopardize regional security and solidarity,” Tsai said via video. “Any political attempt to prevent Taiwan from sharing its experience and making contributions does not serve the collective interests of the region.”

Without naming names, Tsai said Taiwan’s democratic system and security continue to face persistent military threats and provocations from “particular sources,” likely referring to China, which sees Taiwan as a renegade province awaiting unification, by force if necessary.

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