Taiwan stands firm
Australia, the US and many others do not recognise Taiwan as an independent state, but yesterday it marked its national day with a stirring address by President Tsai Ing-wen. In the face of threats from China, she said Taiwan has the resolve to defend itself and its future, which “must be decided in accordance with the will of the Taiwanese people”. The intro to that was provided by Chinese President Xi Jinping. “No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s staunch determination, firm will, and strong ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi said. But he vowed to seek a “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan. That’s a change to his tune earlier this year when he said China would “smash” any attempts at formal independence. #SquizShortcut
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