Taiwan does not seek military confrontation but will defend its freedom, President says

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Taiwan, claimed by China as its territory, flew approximately 150 Chinese Air Force aircraft over its air defense area over a four-day period beginning on 1 October, although those missions have been terminated.

Taiwan has complained for more than a year of such activities, which it sees as “gray zone warfare”, designed to deter Taiwan’s armed forces and test their ability to respond. Is.

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“Taiwan does not want a military confrontation,” Tsai told a security forum in Taipei. “It looks forward to peaceful, stable, predictable and mutually beneficial coexistence with its neighbors. But Taiwan will also do whatever it takes to defend its independence and democratic way of life.”

China says it is working to protect its security and sovereignty, and has blamed the United States – Taiwan’s most important international backer and arms supplier – for the latest tensions.

Tsai said Taiwan would work with other countries in the region to ensure stability.

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“Taiwan is fully committed to cooperating with regional players to prevent armed conflict in East China, the South China Sea and the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

Taiwan is seeking the support of other democracies as the standoff with China worsens, and is hosting four French senators and former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott this week, though he is visiting in a personal capacity.

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