President Tsai Ing-wen said April 1 that the government is fully committed to safeguarding Taiwan's sovereignty and ensuring its 23 million people remain free and continue enjoying a democratic way of life.
The nation's armed forces are on the front line in defending peace and the well-being of the people, Tsai said. Despite rapidly changing security conditions at home and abroad, the military will stand fast and carry out its sacred mission, she added.
Taiwan's fighting men and women are absolutely determined, Tsai said, adding that this resolve is matched by the government's rock-solid support and unyielding drive to strengthen the country in the face of emerging challenges.
Tsai made the remarks during a medal and rank conferring ceremony for two of the nation's top military officers at the Presidential Office in Taipei City. Vice Adm. Liu Chih-pin was promoted to admiral and Gen. Wu Wan-jiao, presidential strategic adviser, was honored for his services as former president of National Defense University in Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan.
According to Tsai, China's armed forces are conducting an increasing number of operations near Taiwan and neighboring countries. In recent days, military aircraft crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered the Miyako Strait between Japan's Okinawa and Miyako islands, she said.
The Taiwan Strait incursion is a unilateral change to the cross-strait status quo and constitutes an intentional provocation threatening regional security and stability, Tsai said. Such actions are condemned in the strongest possible terms, and Beijing is urged to cease this destabilizing and disruptive behavior, she added.
As commander in chief of the armed forces, Tsai said, she will ensure every military unit is at maximum combat readiness and capable of successfully fulfilling operational duties.
Source: Taiwan Today