Taiwan urges united efforts against China’s hegemony

Jan 17, 2019, 6:07 AM EST
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on world leaders to rein in China.
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Taiwan held live-fire military drills on its west coast on Thursday, sending a stern message to an expansionist China that the self-governed island is prepared to protect its territory and sovereignty from any invasion.

The large-scale military exercise comes in the wake of growing tensions with Beijing, which has lately been nudging companies to refer to Taiwanese capital Taipei as a part of China, writes Al Jazeera.

The spokesperson for Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen called on the international community to unite efforts to rein in an “out-of-control” China, which repeatedly threatens the island of invasion in the name of pursuing national reunification and defending its national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Although the U.S. maintains diplomatic ties with Beijing only, it views Taiwan as a key strategic ally in the region and continues to sell weapons to the island in defiance of China, reports CNN.