Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has expressed concern about China’s latest defense report and stressed her commitment to working with the international community to confront the country.
Tsai gave an interview to NHK in Taipei on Saturday.
China released its white paper on defense on Wednesday. Tsai said the report demonstrates Beijing’s continued military build-up and that Taiwan must strengthen its defense capabilities.
Tsai said China’s enhanced military power and ambition are affecting surrounding countries and that Taiwan wants to face the situation together with those neighbors. She apparently had in mind such nations as Japan and the United States.
Tsai also criticized China’s proposed reunification with Taiwan under the “one country, two systems” framework, as seen in Hong Kong. She said Beijing is trying to unilaterally change the status quo.
Tsai expressed concern about an increasing crackdown on protestors in Hong Kong. She said she hopes today’s Taiwan will be tomorrow’s Hong Kong, stressing the importance of the guarantees of democracy and freedom of expression in Taiwan.