Taiwan President to Pledge to Bolster Combat Power as China Tensions Rise

Voice of America News reports: “Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pledge to bolster the island’s combat power and determination to improve its defenses in a major speech on Monday, at a time when tensions with China have risen dramatically.

Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its own territory, has come under increasing military and political pressure from Beijing, especially after Chinese war games in early August following a Taipei visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

According to an outline of her national day speech on Monday, as described to Reuters by a source briefed on its contents, Tsai will talk about ‘enhancing national defense combat power and uniting the morale of the people.’

‘In addition to reaffirming Taiwan’s determination to augment its self-defense and its position on maintaining regional peace and stability, the president will also elaborate on efforts to strengthen national defense combat power and resilience,’ the source said…”

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