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Taiwan President calls for int’l support to defend democracy amid threats from China

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019


Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. (Photo courtesy: Photoville Taiwan | UNTV News and Rescue)

TAIPEI, Taiwan – President Tsai Ing-wen calls for international support to defend democracy as it faces renewed threats from China particularly it’s “one country, two systems” policy.

“We (Taiwan) are an important and loyal supporter of all internationally important values. So when a country like us faces difficulties and threats, we hope that the international community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us,” she said in a press conference with foreign media including UNTV News in Taipei on Saturday (January 5).

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen during a briefing with foreign media on Saturday (January 5). (Photo courtesy: Office of the President of Taiwan)

Tsai also calls on all parties in Taiwan to rally behind her and fulfill the wishes of the Taiwan people.

She noted that such a threat from China can also happen to any other countries if the international community will just watch and not extend its help to Taiwan.

“When a country that does its best to practice democracy and shared international values face threats and violation, I believe that this is also a violation of democracy and those values. If the international community does not speak out for and support Taiwan while it is facing such a situation, we have to ask which country will be next.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping insists that Taiwan was part of China and offered reunification to its people and pressed the implementation of the “one country, two systems” framework.

Tsai, a pro-independence president, said Taiwan cannot accept such political arrangement with China as it will bring them under Xi’s rule and it will only result to further misunderstandings.

Instead of putting much pressure to Taiwan on territorial matters, Tsai said Xi should pay attention to issues that will affect both countries neighbors such as the outbreak of African Swine Fever.

Taiwan became persistent in its quest for independence since Tsai took office in January 2016. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Amiel Pascual)

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Taiwan not intimidated by Chinese military drills -Tsai

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (Photo: Taiwan Presidential Office)

TAIPEI, Taiwan – President Tsai Ing-Wen said her government is not intimidated by China’s military drills which a senior U.S. official described as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region.

On Monday (April 15), China’s People’s Liberation Army said its warships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft had conducted “necessary drills” around Taiwan, saying the movement was part of a routine.

“As president, I want to tell you that Taiwan is not intimidated. These actions only serve to strengthen our resolve. Our military forces have the capacity, determination and commitment to defend Taiwan and not allow coercion to dictate our own future,” Tsai said in her speech during a forum co-hosted by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark the 40th anniversary of Taiwan-U.S. ties under the Taiwan Relations Act.

Tsai revealed that the Trump administration had notified Taipei of its third arms sale to Taiwan and the training of pilots at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona which she said are measures so important to Taiwan’s national defense.

“I will reiterate here as well, that we will not give up even one inch of our sovereign territory, we will always insist on our democratic freedom,” she said.

The event was attended by a delegation led by Paul Ryan, the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, who criticized China for not renouncing use of force to achieve its goal of unification.

“These kinds of things should stop, they are irresponsible and they undermine the framework that has enabled peace and stability and development for decades. It’s counterproductive,” Ryan said.

The visit by U.S. officials comes just weeks after Tsai said the United States was responding positively to Taipei’s requests for new arms sales to bolster its defenses in the face of growing pressure from China.

The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide the island with the means to defend itself and it is the self-ruled nation’s main source of arms. (REUTERS)

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One of four most endangered turtles died in China

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

Photo: Reuters

The last-known female Yangtze giant softshell, one of the most endangered turtles in the world, has died in Suzhou zoo on Saturday (April 13).

The female turtle was about 90 years old when she died after a round of artificial insemination. It was her fifth round since 2008.

Chinese local media reported that the female turtle was in good medical condition. The fertility procedure reportedly went well but she unexpectedly died the next day.

She was transferred to Suzhou zoo from Changsa Ecological Zoo 11 years ago to pair her with the male Yangtze giant softshell.

Chinese and foreign experts are currently investigating the cause of death.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Chinese vessels on PH seas an attack on PH sovereignty—Palace

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea, in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/File photo FILE PHOTO: China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea, in this undated photo taken December, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer/File photo

Malacañang considers the presence of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea as an attack on the country’s sovereignty.

Aside from the Chinese vessels sighted near Pag-asa island, there are also Chinese vessels sighted near Koto and Panata island.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, once the report is validated it will be included in the diplomatic protest against China.

“Then we will object to their presence. We already filed a diplomatic protest and that applies to everything, anything that concern Chinese vessels in our territory,” he said.

READ: Phl files diplomatic protest vs presence of Chinese vessels near Pagasa Island

Salvador also said that the Palace is against the presence of these Chinese vessels and insists that they should leave the West Philippine Sea.

“They will know that we are against it. That we will not allow it. That we will not tolerate such presence in our territory. They have no business being there. It is if they continue to be present to our territory then it is an assault to our sovereignty,” he said.

The Department of Foreign Affairs already submitted a diplomatic protest against China regarding the presence of Chinese vessels near Pag-asa Island.

READ: Duterte tells China: Back off from Pag-asa Island

President Rodrigo Duterte also said he will not allow Chinese vessels to occupy Pag-asa Island. Duterte is also prepared to apply stronger measures if there are Filipino fishermen or soldiers affected due to the presence of Chinese vessels.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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