President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Tsai Ing-wen said that the country is ready to respond to the “Chinese threat” and will defend its democratic way of life. Her words are quoted by BBC News.
She said the island would not act rashly, but would strengthen its defenses so that “no one can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid for us.” “The more we achieve, the stronger the pressure from China will be,” Ingwen said.
She added that China’s military flights to Taiwan’s air defense zone have seriously impacted national and aviation security, and described the situation as more complex and volatile than at any time in the past 72 years. In addition, she reiterated the offer to speak with the Chinese leaders as equals.
Earlier, the chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, James Moriarty, said that China poses a “real and imminent” threat to the island nation, which must be addressed, and that the US military trained its colleagues from Taiwan for a year to prepare them for confrontation and possible invasion. …