Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen
Taiwan is celebrating its ‘National Day’ today amid the ongoing tension with China. On this occasion, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan will continue its defense to ensure that it is not forced to accept the path set by China. The Chinese way offers neither freedom nor democracy. A day earlier, Chinese President Xi Jinping has resolved that Taiwan will be peacefully unified. But he did not directly mention the use of force.
However, after this reaction of Jinping, a tough stand was taken by Taiwan. Taiwan said its people would decide the future of the island. Addressing a national day rally, Tsai said she hoped to ease tensions in the Taiwan Strait and reiterated that Taiwan would not rush in this direction. In a speech outside the presidential office in central Taipei, he said, but there should be no illusion that the people of Taiwan will succumb to pressure. He said that we will continue to strengthen our national defence.
What did the President of Taiwan say?
Taiwan’s president said that Taiwan would demonstrate its determination to defend itself to ensure that no one could force Taiwan to follow the path set by China. “This is because the path China has taken does not provide a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan nor sovereignty for our 23 million people,” he said. Actually, China considers Taiwan as its part and Beijing says that it can make the island a part of the country by force.
Why is National Day celebrated?
Taiwan National Day is also known as ‘Double Ten’ or ‘Double Tenth Day’. This day is celebrated as a public holiday. It is celebrated to remember the Wuchang Rebellion of 1911. Due to this, the Republic of China was created. However, after the Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China was forced to hand over control to the Communists, and the then officials fled to Taiwan in 1949. Parades, rallies, martial arts, folk dances and other cultural activities are performed every year at President’s Square in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
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