The president of Taiwan has vowed to do her “utmost” to defend her country from Chinese claims on its territory.
Following increasing tensions with Beijing, Tsai Ing-wen said defences would be bolstered to “demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves”.
Although the island has ruled itself since it split from the Communist-ruled mainland in 1949, following a long civil war, China claims it as part of its national territory and wants reunification.
Speaking during National Day celebrations on Sunday, Ms Tsai said: “We will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered.
“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.”
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