© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech at a naval base in the Penghu Islands, Taiwan, August 30, 2022. REUTERS / Ann Wang
TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan is “proud” of its efforts to help Ukraine in the country’s self-defence struggle and such efforts must continue, President Tsai Ing-wen told a conference. in New York.
Ukraine’s plight has won widespread sympathy in Taiwan, where many see parallels between Ukraine’s situation and the threat Taipei authorities say they face from China, which considers Ukraine’s situation to be the same. This island is its own territory.
Taiwan has donated more than $30 million to humanitarian aid, mostly public donations, and participated in Western-led sanctions against Russia following the February invasion of Ukraine. . Moscow called its actions “a special military operation”.
“As we watch the carnage of the Russian invasion, Taiwan is proud to play a role in efforts to support Ukrainians in their struggle to defend their country and freedom. We must continue. with his efforts,” Tsai said in a pre-recorded comment. from her office and play at the Concordia Summit on Monday.
She added that Taiwan has faced increasingly aggressive threats from China.
“We have to educate ourselves about the dictatorial game and understand that Taiwan’s democracy won’t be the only thing the PRC seeks to stamp out,” said Tsai, referring to the People’s Republic of China. Flower.
“Securing Taiwan’s democracy is imperative in ensuring freedom and human rights for our collective future.”
The Concordia Summit takes place at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Taiwan is not a member of the UN due to objections from China, which views democracy as one of its provinces with no right to be trapped by a state.
The Taiwanese government strongly opposes China’s claims and has sought accession to the United Nations.
“With Taiwan’s inclusion in the UN system, I am confident that we can work together more closely to face future challenges and safeguard the rules-based international order,” Tsai said. .
Taiwan held the seat of China’s United Nations presidency under the official name of the Republic of China until 1971, when it was replaced by the People’s Republic of China.
The defeated Republic of China government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after its defeat in a civil war to Mao Zedong’s communists.