In 2021, China’s President Xi Jinping vowed to achieve “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan. The president’s declaration came only a week after Beijing dispatched nearly 150 Chinese military flights into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
This week, China continued its show of aggression sending 39 military aircraft into the islands ADIZ on Jan. 23, marking the second-largest incursion on a record, and a high for the new year.
Following a week of tense interactions with Beijing (click here to read more), Taiwan celebrated its Double Ten Day on Sunday, October 10, 2021. The theme of the event was democracy and Taiwan’s role in the world.
The day’s ceremonial event kicked off with a greeting from Taiwan’s legislative president Yu Shyi-kun who welcomed guests and gave a short speech that touched on Covid-19, Taiwanese Olympic Triumphs, economic growth, and historical pursuit of democracy and freedom.
“Taiwan is an important part of the world,” he said. It is “a force for good, a force for democracy, and a friendly presence.”