A SUPERSONIC cruise missile has been unveiled by Taiwan just hours before Chinese President Xi Jinping said that Taiwanese independence would be a “dead end.”
In a new year's speech earlier this week, Tsai said China must use peaceful means to resolve its differences with Taiwan and respect its democratic values.
Tsai spoke after Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a speech earlier on Wednesday that nobody can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek "reunification".
Dr Graham Ong-Webb from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told Euronews that armed conflict between China and Taiwan is looking increasingly unlikely - and that US-backed Taiwan is militarily outmatched by its rival.
“China is economically more powerful than before - the military balance between China and Taiwan has tilted in China’s favour.
“With the help of American finance and equipment I think the Taiwanese should be able to beef up some defences.
“We’ve ended up in a situation today where taiwan is militarily weaker, one would argue, but at the same time we have a social demographic in Taiwan which has changed considerably.
“The Taiwanese youth of today feel quite strongly about self identity and independence.”