Taiwan President Sounds Alarm About Chinese Aggression

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has sent out a warning to Asia in the face of mounting aggression from Beijing.

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"If it's Taiwan today, people should ask who's next? Any country in the region – if it no longer wants to submit to the will of China, they would face similar military threats," said Tsai.

Taiwan and China are separated by fewer than 130 kilometers (81 miles) at their closest point.

For seven decades, the two have maintained an uneasy truce after their split at the end of a destructive civil war in 1949.

Unification is a long-term aim for China's ruling Communist Party, which considers self-governed democratic Taiwan – an island of 23 million people – to be a renegade province.

But it was the election of Tsai and her historically pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016 which sent relations between the two governments spiraling.

Beijing has placed mounting diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan, conducting live-fire drills in nearby seas and flew H-6K bombers and surveillance aircraft around the island.