Library picture of Chinese troops in Beijing (Picture: US Department of Defense).
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Taiwan firmly rejects China's calls for reunification

It comes amid heightened tensions between Beijing and Taipei.

Library picture of Chinese troops in Beijing (Picture: US Department of Defense).

The Taiwanese president has vowed to defend the island amid increasing pressure to reunify with China.

It comes after China's premier, Xi Jinping, warned Taiwan must reunify with his country peacefully.

Taiwan showed off its defence capabilities in its annual National Day celebrations on Sunday.

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Its President, Tsai Ing-wen, said: "We will do our utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered.

"We will continue to bolster our national defence and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us."

It follows a period of heightened tensions between Beijing and Taipei.

China claims Taiwan as part of its national territory although the island has been self-ruled since it split from the Communist-ruled mainland in 1949 after a long civil war.

Ms Tsai emphasised the island's vibrant democracy in contrast with Beijing's deeply authoritarian, single-party Communist state.

"The path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our twenty-three million people," she said.