"If she refers only to Taiwan and not the Republic of China the appeal might only be limited to voters who always support the Democratic Progressive Party".
Tsai said, "China is using its "one country, two systems" program to threaten us nonstop and has used all sorts of attacks and mounted virulent challenges to regional peace and stability".
China cut off contact with Tsai's government after her inauguration in 2016 because she rejects Beijing's claim to the self-governing island democracy.More news: Things WWE Fans Need To Know About Tyson Fury
Describing Taiwan "as the strategic forefront of the Indo-Pacific region", she said it has become "the first line of defence for democratic values" at a time when "we are witnessing China's rise and expansion". This typically fits with longstanding measures of public opinion in Taiwan, such as research by the National Chengchi University's Election Study Centre, which has surveyed the changes in the mood on unification versus independence for the last 25 years.
In her speech today, the Double Tenth, marking the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, the president said: "The overwhelming consensus among Taiwan's 23 million people is our rejection of one country, two systems, regardless of party affiliation or political position".
US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the first sitting USA senator to attend Taiwan's National Day ceremony in 35 years, joined Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) at a press conference at Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel in Taipei on Wednesday (Oct. 9), just before Taiwan's National Day celebration.
The framework preserved Hong Kong's independent judiciary, civil liberties and capitalist economic system, but China's ruling Communist Party under President Xi Jinping has been increasingly accused of whittling away at such freedoms.More news: Jane Fonda Arrested While Protesting in Washington D.C.
"The speech is informative in that it reiterates the key talking points that President Tsai and DPP legislative candidates will repeat in the remaining three months of the presidential and legislative election campaigns", he said.
In September Beijing persuaded two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies, Kiribati and the Solomon Islands, to switch allegiance from Taipei to Beijing.
Tsai, a 63-year-old US -educated law scholar, is ramping up her campaign for reelection before the vote in January. In response, Tsai said the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" arrangement. "We will not act provocatively or rashly; rather, we will work with like-minded countries to ensure that the peaceful and stable cross-strait status quo is not unilaterally altered".
Cruz, a Republican from Texas who sits on the Senate's Foreign Relations Committee, said the ongoing protests in Hong Kong highlighted the value of freedom of democracy.More news: Pentagon says United States not abandoning Kurds
Taiwan's National Day commemoration was attended by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the first sitting American senator to attend the event in Taipei in 35 years.