TAIPEI: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited an air defence missile base on Friday (Sep 11), where she urged the troops to be steadfast in their defence of the island's sovereignty and democracy as tensions with China continue to rise.
Taiwan, claimed by China as its own, says that Chinese forces carried out two days of large-scale air and naval exercises off Taiwan's southwest and in its air defence identification zone, denouncing it as provocation.
China has stepped up its military activity around Taiwan this year.
Tsai, who was re-elected by a landslide in January promising to stand up to China, observed exercises and chatted to soldiers thanking them for their hard work, in video footage provided by the government.
"At the moment the Chinese Communist's aircraft harassing of Taiwan and military exercises have been quite frequent," Tsai said. "I believe that everyone is clear about this situation in performing their mission, and know they have a huge responsibility."
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