Taiwan’s leader wants to form a coalition of nations to protect their freedom, in a reference to China’s missions in the South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. China currently claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has applied pressure on Taiwan to also accept its sovereignty.
Xi Jinping’s regime has been upgrading its military capabilities in order to improve the quality of its missions.
The latest upgrade was spotted at a naval aviation regiment base under the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command.
Ms Tsai addressed the issue in Taipei at a forum attended by top Taiwanese security officials and senior Western diplomats.
She said Taiwan was leading the fight for its democracy from “authoritarian aggression”.
The Taiwanese leader said she was committed to improve the country’s defensive competence.
She said: “The rapid militarisation of the South China Sea, increasing and frequent grey-zone tactics in the Taiwan Strait and East China Sea, coercive diplomacy used against countries and corporations are all destabilising the Indo-Pacific region.
“It is time for like-minded countries, and democratic friends in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond, to discuss a framework to generate sustained and concerted efforts to maintain a strategic order that deters unilateral aggressive actions.”
Ms Tsai kept the desire to avoid war at the forefront of her appeal, but invited democracies to work together.
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She added that it also needs “a strategy that avoids war, yet clearly conveys our resolve to protect our democracies.”
Ms Tsai added: “Divided we fall. Together, we are more than the sum of our parts.”
Taiwan has joined the US in its rejection of China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea.
Back in July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a formal rebuttal of “most” of China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea.