Xi Jinping invokes reunification with Taiwan. Tsai Ing-wen emphasizes the island state’s will to defend. The region is arming itself.
The 110th annual meeting of the founding of the Republic of China turned into a verbal exchange of blows at what is currently the hottest hot spot in the world, the Taiwan Strait. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen warned citizens that Taiwan was facing the “most complex situation” since the communists’ victory in the internal Chinese civil war 72 years ago. At the same time, in words and pictures, she conjured up Taiwan’s will to defend against the threats by the People’s Republic of China to forcibly unite the island with the mainland.