Taiwan’s President: The Threat from China Is Increasing ‘Every Day’
President Tsai Ing-wen warns of CCP threat
Taiwan's president has warned the threat from Communist China is growing "every day."
President Tsai Ing-wen's has now confirmed the presence of American troops on Taiwanese soil.
The leader told CNN that Taiwan is a "beacon" of democracy that needs to be defended.
"Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve," she said.
"If we fail, then that means people that believe in these values would doubt whether these are values that they (should) be fighting for."
Taiwan and mainland China have been governed separately since Nationalists retreated to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war.
Taiwan is now a democracy despite the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) viewing the country as an inseparable part of its territory, even though they have never controlled it.
Now relations between Taipei and Beijing are at their lowest point in decades.
Earlier this month, Tsai Ing-we gave a powerful speech against Chinese President Xi Jinping.
President Tsai warned that her island nation, separated from China by the Taiwan Strait, would not “bow to pressure” from the CCP and its People's Liberation Army military.
The speech comes amidst heightened pressure from China’s communist leadership in Beijing.
"Our position on cross-strait relations remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our commitments will change,” President Tsai said.
"We call for maintaining the status quo, and we will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered," Tsai continued.
"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,” she said.
"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.”
In a statement, the U.S. State Department said the U.S. was committed to Taiwan and called on China “to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan.”