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President Lai: China’s Priority is to Eliminate Taiwan

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In a powerful speech at the 100th anniversary of the Whampoa Military Academy, Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te issued a stark warning: China views the annexation and elimination of Taiwan as a critical national objective. Addressing the cadets, Lai emphasized the importance of recognizing the enemy and resisting defeatism in the face of growing threats.

Since Lai assumed office last month, he has been the target of sustained attacks from Beijing, which considers Taiwan part of its territory and labels Lai a “separatist.” In the wake of his inauguration, China has escalated its military presence, including deploying aircraft into Taiwan’s airspace and conducting large-scale drills around the island.

Lai reiterated that only the Taiwanese people have the right to determine their future, despite Beijing’s refusal to engage in dialogue. He underscored the challenges posed by China’s rise and its destabilizing actions in the Taiwan Strait. Lai called on the cadets to understand that their highest mission is to protect Taiwan and maintain peace and stability in the region.

During his address, Lai was clear: “We must distinguish between ourselves and our enemies and cannot succumb to defeatism. The notion that ‘the first battle is the last battle’ must be rejected.” His comments come in response to Wang Huning, a senior Chinese Communist Party leader, who recently declared that reunification with Taiwan is essential for China’s national rejuvenation and vowed to crush any separatist movements.

The historical significance of the Whampoa Military Academy, founded in 1924 in Guangzhou and later relocated to Kaohsiung after the Republic of China government fled to Taiwan in 1949, adds weight to Lai’s message. The academy symbolizes Taiwan’s enduring struggle for sovereignty and resistance against Chinese aggression.

Lai’s speech underscores the gravity of the current geopolitical landscape, where Taiwan’s sovereignty is under constant threat from an increasingly assertive China. He calls for unwavering resolve among Taiwan’s military and citizens, stressing that the island’s future rests solely in their hands. The international community watches closely, recognizing the broader implications of Taiwan’s fight for independence and democracy in the face of authoritarianism.

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