The president of Taiwan’s China-policy-making Mainland Affairs Council said on Friday that China should cease threatening Taiwan and maintain peace and stability as it increased political and military pressure on the island it claimed as its own.
Since August, when it conducted blockade maneuvers around the island in response to a visit to Taipei by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China has increased military activity close to democratically-governed Taiwan.
Taiwan is seen as Chinese territory. President Xi Jinping stated earlier this month that it is up to the Chinese people to settle the Taiwan dispute and that China will never give up using force against Taiwan in a speech at the beginning of the Communist Party Congress in Beijing.
Taiwan asserts that only the 23 million residents of the island can determine its future and that any claims to sovereignty by Taiwan are invalid because the island has never been governed by the People’s Republic of China.