China: Tsai speech doesn't represent people's will

A Chinese government official says comments that Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen made in a speech do not reflect the will of the people in Taiwan.

Ma Xiaoguang is a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office. On Wednesday, he referred to the speech Tsai made during a recent ceremony marking the day, which Taiwan considers to be its founding day.

Tsai said Taiwan is calling for the status quo to be maintained, regarding relations with China. She also said that Taiwan will do its utmost to prevent the status quo from being unilaterally altered. The president added, "There should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure."

Ma told reporters that the speech by the leader of the Democratic Progressive Party authority does not represent "the will of the 23 million compatriots in Taiwan."

He argued that the collective desire of the people is to oppose Taiwan's independence and to seek a peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait.

Ma defended recent entries by Chinese military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense identification zone as "absolutely just actions."

He said military drills are aimed at protecting China's sovereignty and territorial integrity from separatist activities and foreign interference. He also said the drills are aimed at maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.