Taiwan ‘will do whatever it takes to defend freedom’, says president

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Days after Taiwan raised the alarm that China could launch a “full-scale” invasion by 2025, its president has said it does not want war, but has warned that the island will defend itself if necessary. is ready.

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“Taiwan does not want a military confrontation,” President Tsai Ing-wen said at a security forum in Taipei on Friday. “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 freedoms and democratic way of life.

She reiterated that the island’s heightened tensions with China could have “disastrous effects” on international security and the global economy if not handled carefully. In an essay published on Tuesday, Ms Tsai warned of “catastrophic consequences” in Asia if the island falls to China.

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His concern came when China intensified its military threat to Taiwan. Although Taiwan claims to be a self-governing democracy, Beijing treats the island as a separate province.

Last week, over a period of four days, China sent 148 warplanes to Taiwan’s air defense sector, which has been described as the worst escalation between the two neighbors in four decades. Recent developments have raised alarm from leaders around the world. The US, Australia and Japan have urged China to commit to a peaceful solution.

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