Taiwan Pres. Vows to Strengthen Defense06/10 08:17
KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday said
the self-ruled island would work to improve its rescue and defense capabilities
with new technologies, adding that strengthening Taiwan is key to maintaining
Tsai also pledged that her government would promote policies to safeguard
maritime and border security after inspecting an anti-terror drill in Kaohsiung
city in southwestern Taiwan.
"The safer Taiwan is, the safer the world is," she said.
Tsai's remarks came as the democratic island faces increasing military
threats from China, which sees Taiwan as a breakaway province to be retaken by
force if necessary.
During Saturday's drills, Taiwanese security officers demonstrated how they
would defend against terrorist acts at sea. Some climbed from small boats onto
a vessel controlled by "terrorists" and brought them under control. Others
rappelled down from a flying helicopter. The simulation ended with a dramatic
scene in which some officers hung in the air as they were sent back to the
Taiwan and China split in 1949 following a civil war that ended with the
ruling Communist Party in control of the mainland. The island has never been
part of the People's Republic of China, but Beijing says it must unite with the
Beijing also has intensified its battle to win away Taiwan's diplomatic
allies since independence-leaning Tsai took office in 2016. In March, Honduras
established formal relations with China, becoming the latest in a string of
countries to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan.
Honduran President Xiomara Castro arrived in Shanghai on Friday on her first
visit since the establishment of ties. She said her country would strengthen
cooperation with the financial hub and actively participate in the China
International Import Expo to be held there in November, according to a report
by state media Xinhua on Saturday.