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Under Chinese threat, Taiwan president promises to defend “democratic values”

Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te said on Thursday (23) that he will continue to defend the values ​​of freedom and democracy in the face of “external challenges and threats”.

Lai made the comments to military officials while visiting a military camp in the northern city of Taoyuan, the same day China launched drills around Taiwan.

Over the next two days, China will carry out “punishment” exercises against Taiwan, in what Beijing says is a response to “separatist acts”, sending heavily armed warplanes and carrying out simulated attacks at the same time as state media denounces the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

The exercises, in the Taiwan Strait and around Taiwanese islands that are close to the Chinese coast, take place just three days after the inauguration of Lai, a man who Beijing denounces as a “separatist”.

China claims that Taiwan is part of its own territory and recently denounced Lai's inauguration speech on Monday (20), in which he called on the neighboring country to stop its threats and said that both sides of the strait “cannot they had a relationship of subordination”.

Source: CNN Brasil

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