October 10, 2017 / 3:05 AM / a year ago

Taiwan President Tsai pledges to defend island's freedoms

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to defend her island’s freedom and democracy in a speech to mark National Day on Tuesday, her second since taking office in May, 2016, and said Taiwan would not bow to pressure.

FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen poses for photographs during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan April 27, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

Cross-straits relations with mainland China have cooled significantly since Tsai took office, with China cutting off official channels to pressure Tsai and her party into recognizing the “one China” principle agreed on by the previous Nationalist government.

China considers Taiwan a renegade province to be taken back by force, if necessary.

Reporting By Fabian Hamacher and Jessica Macy Yu; Editing by Greg Torode and Paul Tait

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