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President Tsai warns against China's 'spreading of fake news'

2018/09/20 16:22:15

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文)

Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) warned Thursday that China was spreading fake news as part of its strategy to achieve its goals and she urged democratic countries to team up to counter the effects of that type of political maneuvering, according to the Presidential Office.

"In response to China's continued spreading of fake news on the Internet that was intended to influence global opinion, the international community should stay on high alert and work together against its negative effects," Tsai was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Presidential Office.

Tsai made the remarks while receiving an Atlantic Council delegation led by Philip Breedlove, a retired four-star General in the United States Air Force who served as head of the U.S. European Command and also the 17th Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) of NATO Allied Command Operations from May 2013 to May 2016.

Thanking Breedlove for his past efforts in helping to train Taiwan's Air Force, Tsai said the consecutive visits to Taiwan since late August by Breedlove and James Stavridis, a retired U.S. navy admiral who also served as U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2009 to 2013, "signaled the important role played by the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific region."

"Solid and stable U.S.-Taiwan relations are the cornerstone to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and the U.S. and Taiwan have always been the best partners in defending freedom, democracy and the values of rule of law in the region," she was quoted as saying.

"We hope to further strengthen Taiwan's partnership with the U.S. under the Indo-Pacific strategy rolled out by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump so as to maintain an open, free and prosperous Indo-Pacific region," she said.

"We also hope for more frequent exchanges in helping Taiwan build an effective defense capability to safeguard peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."

Turning to China's increased bullying of Taiwan, Tsai said Taiwan will never yield to China's pressure and is poised to make a greater contribution to the international community.

For instance, she said, Taiwan is preparing to contribute more to issues of concern outlined in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Flor Wang)
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