Tsai rebukes China over jet incursion

‘STATUS QUO’: Taiwan intercepted a pair of Chinese fighter jets crossing the Taiwan Strait median line, which the president called a provocation that harms regional peace

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 02, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday warned China against altering the “status quo”

President Tsai Ing-wen, right, confers awards at a military promotion ceremony at the Presidential Office in Taipei yesterday.Photo: Presidential Office via AP

across the Taiwan Strait after a pair of Chinese jets crossed the median line of the Strait on Sunday morning.

“China’s move is not only a unilateral change in the cross-strait status quo, it is also a provocation to peace in the region,” Tsai said in a speech at a military promotion ceremony.

In the face of a fast-changing international climate and multiple challenges to national security, the military will assume a much more important role in maintaining regional peace, safeguarding sovereignty and upholding people’s well-being, as well as the values of democracy and freedom, Tsai said.

“The military is firmly determined to defend the nation’s democracy, sovereignty and security,” she said. “We will never give even an inch of territory.”    [FULL  STORY]

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