As China ramps up its threats to Taiwan, Taiwan has responded by preparing for war.
According to The Daily Wire:
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen warned over the weekend, as the island national celebrated its National Day, that it would not bow to pressure from communist China and that it plans to continue ramping up its military capabilities to stop China from overtaking the independent nation.
Her speech came following repeated reports that China has flown record numbers of military planes into Taiwan’s airspace and after a report from last week revealed that the Trump administration secretly put U.S. troops on the island over a year ago to help Taiwan prepare for a military conflict with China.
Tsai said that as Taiwan continues to have success, it faces increasing pressure from China and that Taiwan cannot let its guard down, saying that Taiwan was “standing on democracy’s first line of defense.”
“After taking complete control of Hong Kong and suppressing democracy activists, the Beijing authorities also shifted away from the path of political and economic development that they had followed since ‘reform and opening up’ began decades ago,” she said. “At the same time, regional order is being challenged in the South and East China Seas. The routinization of Chinese military activity in Taiwan’s southwestern air defense identification zone (ADIZ) has seriously affected both our national security and aviation safety.”
Taiwan made it clear that they are not seeking war but are prepared for it.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated: “We hope for an easing of cross-strait relations and will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure… We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us. This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”