Taiwan President Stands Up To China, Says Country Won’t ‘Bow To Pressure’

Headline Roundup October 10th, 2021

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-we said Sunday during the country's National Day celebrations that she would not “bow to pressure” from China.“We will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered,” Ing-wen said. The Taiwanese leader also pledged to continue bolstering the island’s military defenses as well as resisting “the path China has laid out for us.” Her comments came a day after China’s President Xi Jinping called on Taiwan to "join hands" with his nation for a “peaceful reunification.” Tsai argued that life under Chinese Communist Party rule wouldn't offer "neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people." China has tried to claim Taiwan as part of its national territory; the island nation has been independent of mainland rule since the Chinese Civil War concluded in 1949.

Coverage was mostly consistent across the spectrum, with most outlets highlighting how the State Department called on China “to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan.” Left-rated outlets highlighted how "Taiwan has steadily expanded its international presence over the last few years," detailing its economic growth and intentions to "work towards net zero emissions by 2050." Right-rated outlets emphasized how the majority of countries across the globe don't recognize Taiwan as an official country.

From the Left

Taiwan will not bow to pressure and nobody can force it to accept the path China has laid out for the self-governing democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday as the island celebrated its National Day amid heightened tensions with Beijing.

During her speech in front of the presidential office in the capital Taipei, Tsai warned that Taiwan is facing the "most complex situation" in the past 72 years, since the end of the Chinese civil war.

Her speech came days after China flew record numbers of warplanes into its defense...

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From the Center

Taiwan’s president on Sunday vowed to defend the island from China’s rising pressure for reunification, after a week of unprecedented tensions with Beijing.

Speaking at the island’s National Day celebrations, a rare show of Taiwanese defense capabilities in the annual parade underlined Tsai Ing-wen’s promise to resist Chinese military threats.

“We will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered,” President Tsai said.

“We will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force...

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From the Right

The Taiwanese president stood firm against Chinese President Xi Jinping in a speech Sunday and said the island, which is separated from China by the Taiwan Strait, would not “bow to pressure” from the mainland. The speech comes amidst heightened pressure from China’s communist leadership in Beijing and only a day after Xi pushed for “reunification” of Taiwan with China. 

“Our position on cross-strait relations remains the same: neither our goodwill nor our commitments will change. We call for maintaining the status quo, and we will do our utmost to...

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