Tsai: Taiwan will not bow to pressure

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has expressed her determination to strengthen defense capabilities in a speech during celebrations for Double Ten Day, which Taiwan considers its founding day.

The ceremony took place on Sunday in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei.

Tsai said that "the routinization of Chinese military activity" in Taiwan's air defense identification zone "has seriously affected both our national security and aviation safety."

On relations with Beijing, she said Taiwan calls for maintaining the status quo, and will do its utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered.

The president also said, "We hope for an easing of cross-strait relations and will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure."

A parade displayed weapons including the Hsiung Feng III, an anti-ship missile developed by Taiwan.

The Taiwanese authorities are accelerating the development and mass production of long-range missiles to increase deterrence against China.