China puts increased economic pressure on Taiwan

President Xi Jinping has vowed to reunify mainland China with self-ruled Taiwan – adding to growing tensions between the two governments. Speaking to mark the 110th anniversary of China’s 1911 revolution, President Xi said he wanted to return Taiwan to Chinese rule through peaceful means. President Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan would not bow to pressure. China has been attempting to place the island under economic strain by increasing controls on exports. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took a strong stance against what Taipei sees as Chinese aggression on Sunday, saying in a speech that her country would “not bow to pressure” from Beijing. Tsai said she hoped for an easing of tensions, but that “we will continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us… as it offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.” The president’s speech was to mark Taiwan’s National Day, which celebrates the start of the 1911 Wuchang Uprising that ended China’s Qing Dynasty and the establishment of the Republic of China, whose government relocated to Taiwan as a result of the Chinese Civil War.