World Chinese State Media Accuses Taiwanese President of 'Arrogance' After Speech
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China's English-language state newspaper Global Times slammed Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech in which she declared Taiwan would not bow to pressure from China—accusing Tsai of "arrogance."
During her remarks on Sunday, Tsai said there should be "no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure" from China, Reuters reported.
Tensions flare as Chinese flights near Taiwan intensify
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — With record numbers of military flights near Taiwan over the last week, China has been showing a new intensity and military sophistication as it steps up its harassment of the island it claims as its own and asserts its territorial ambitions in the region. China's People's Liberation Army flew 56 planes in international airspace off the southwest coast of Taiwan on Monday, setting a new record and capping four days of sustained pressure involving 149 flights. The actions came as China, with growing diplomatic and military power, faces greater pushback from countries in the region and as Taiwan pleads for more global support and recognition.
"The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face from China," Tsai said. "So I want to remind all my fellow citizens that we do not have the privilege of letting down our guard."
Tsai said Taiwan is on the frontline of defending democracy.
"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," Tsai said.
She added: "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."
Taiwan's independence has long been an issue between the two nations.
China has offered a "one country, two systems" model of autonomy to Taiwan, which is similar to what it uses with Hong Kong.
French senators meet with Taiwan's Tsai at tense time
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A group of French senators visiting Taiwan as part of a regular parliamentary exchange met with President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday morning during a trip that comes in a particularly tense moment between Taiwan and China. Tsai spoke briefly before their meeting, giving France's former defense minister, Alain Richard, the Order of Propitious Clouds, a distinction recognizing “his contributions to Taiwan-France relations.” She thanked him for leading an effort in the French Senate to pass a resolution in support of allowing Taiwan to participate in international organizations like the World Health Organization.
However, all major Taiwanese parties have rejected the model—especially after China's security crackdown in Hong Kong, Reuters reported.
China has previously criticized Tsai as a separatist who refuses to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of "one China." Beijing does not recognize Taiwan's government, and Tsai says Taiwan is an independent country called the Republic of China and has declined to compromise on defending its sovereignty.
In the Sunday editorial, the Global Times hit back.
"What the DPP is doing is a fundamental betrayal, and this shares the same origins of their rejection of Chinese identity," the editorial read, referring to Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party.
"The DPP administration has abandoned its right to strategic adjustment and thrown itself into a political gamble that has only short-term benefits and no chance of winning in the long run."
Taiwan won't be forced to bow to China, President Tsai says during National Day celebrations
Taiwan will not bow to pressure and nobody can force it to accept the path China has laid out for the self-governing democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday as the island celebrated its National Day amid heightened tensions with Beijing. © Chiang Ying-ying/AP Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the presidential office in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 10. During her speech in front of the presidential office in the capital Taipei, Tsai warned that Taiwan is facing the "most complex situation" in the past 72 years, since the end of the Chinese civil war.
The DPP does not have the authority to overturn the "one-China" policy and that the party's rhetoric is "nonsense by international standards" and that "the whole world" knows China is serious about its goal of reunification, the editorial board wrote.
"In the face of the historical trend of China's eventual reunification, what is happening on the island today is just provisional games."
The editorial also said: "This year, Tsai's remarks were even tougher than her previous ones...In the past, Tsai would use the word "China" along with the terms "the mainland" and "the other side of the Straits" when referring to the Chinese mainland. This time, she only used "China," and this shows an unprecedented arrogance."
Tsai's speech comes as tensions have mounted after China conducted military flights near Taiwan that the U.S. hasas "provocative."
Taiwan's premier, Su Tseng-chang, told reporters: "China has been wantonly engaged in military aggression, damaging regional peace."
The U.S. voiced concern about the military activity, warning it "is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability," State Department spokesman Ned Price said on October 3, doubling down on the "rock solid" commitment to Taiwan.
The US can't fight China for Taiwan, but it can help Taiwan make China think twice about starting a war
The best way to deter China from attacking Taiwan is to encourage Taiwan to invest in its own ability to make China pay if it ever resorts to force.On Friday, the semi-official mouthpiece of the Chinese Communist Party, the Global Times, warned the presence of US troops in Taiwan will accelerate "preparations for military actions" and that once "war breaks out in the Taiwan Straits, those US. Military personnel will be the first to be eliminated.
On Saturday, Chinese officials, who voiced concern on Friday that China could "lash out disastrously very soon" over Taiwan.
"His recent despicable and insane performance in Taiwan fully exposed his hideous anti-China features. This will only further discredit him," the Chinese embassy in Australia said, blasting Abbott as a "failed and pitiful politician."
Ahead of a Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned that "China firmly opposes all forms of official contact and exchanges between certain French congressmen and the Taiwan authorities."
The Chinese Embassy in France warned the meeting could not only undermine Chinese-French relations but also hurt France's "reputation and interests."
Newsweek reached out to Tsai's office for comment Sunday morning but had not heard back by publication. This story will be updated with any response.
China wants the world to know it's 'not going to get pushed around' on Taiwan .
As countries including the U.S. deepen ties with the self-ruling island, Beijing is using military and other means to assert its territorial claims.But as Mia Hou of Taiwan took her turn, the red, white and blue Taiwanese flag — which had appeared earlier in the livestream — had disappeared. Organizers had removed the flag without warning after authorities in China, which claims the self-ruling island of Taiwan as its territory, stopped the livestream on platforms in the mainland.