Taiwan president calls for support to defend democracy

Chinese President Xi Jinping who is also chairman of the Central Military Commission said the armed forces must devise strategies for the new era and take on responsibilities for preparing and waging war

"So when a country like us faces difficulties and threats, we hope that the global community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us", she said, referring to threats from the Chinese regime to use the military to force the island into its control.

CHINA's armed forces must strengthen and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping has demanded.

Besides the festering land border problem with India, Xi's command comes against the background of continuing maritime territorial disputes with multiple countries in the South China Sea and growing tension with the U.S. over Beijing's aim to reunify Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway nation.

The Philippines is not inclined to meddle in the increasingly tense rhetoric between China and Taiwan, a Palace spokesperson said, after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on its democratic allies to help defend its sovereignty. President Xi threatened to use military force if Taiwanese leaders seek independence, and has already sent military aircraft to encircle the island and "flex its military muscle". The new threats in China would be of global values of democracy in danger.

On Wednesday he said the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-strait negotiations needed to be on a government-to-government basis. Though the Chinese government is open to discussion with representatives from Taiwan, it requires that the representatives oppose Taiwanese independence and accept the formula for unification.

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"China's plan to engage in political consultation with the political parties instead of the democratically elected government of Taiwan is a continuation of its deliberate campaign to undermine and subvert our democratic process and create division in our society", Tsai said.

Taiwan's livestock exports have in the past been hammered by disease outbreaks from the mainland. After their defeat by Mao's Communists, the troops of the Chinese Kuomintang fled to Taiwan and established a Pro-Western Regime, the focused later more democratic.

He added that China still reserved the right to use force to achieve this "reunification". Despite separation in governance, Taiwan is dependent on the PRC for 30 percent of its trade, meaning there exist possible benefits for some Taiwanese cities and businesses if unification does occur.

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since they split in 1949 after a civil war. Global mediators could be useful in initiating talks between the governments to diffuse tensions. Taiwan doesn't seem willing to take the risk.

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