War with China is ‘never an option’: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen


New Delhi: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Monday that war between Taiwan and China was “not at all an option” and reiterated her willingness to hold talks with Beijing.

In a speech on the occasion of Taiwan’s National Day (October 10), Tsai said: “The Taiwan people’s consensus… is to defend our sovereignty and our free and democratic way of life. There is no room for compromise on this.”

“I call on the Beijing authorities that resorting to war should not be the choice for cross-Strait relations,” Tsai said.

“Only by respecting the Taiwan people’s insistence on sovereignty, freedom and democracy can we resume positive interactions across the Taiwan Strait.”

China has beefed up its military presence around Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the country in early August. She made this visit despite numerous warnings from the Chinese authorities of dire consequences.

The Taiwan president said it was “unfortunate” that China escalated its intimidation and threatened peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and the region.

Reuters news agency said Taiwan is strengthening its defenses, including precision missiles and high-performance naval ships.

“We are willing to create ample space for peaceful reunification, but we will not leave any space for Taiwan independence and secession activities,” she added.

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