Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
Taiwan will ensure regional peace: President to French senators
TAIPEI, OCT 7 (REUTERS) –
Taiwan will continue to play its role as a member of the international community and ensure regional peace and stability, President Tsai Ing-wen told a visiting delegation of French senators on Thursday amid escalating tensions with China.
The four senators, led by former defence minister Alain Richard, arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday despite the strong objections of China, which views the island as its own territory and is always angered by visits of foreign officials.
The visit by the senators comes after four straight days, beginning last Friday, of massed Chinese air force missions into Taiwan’s air defence zone - moves that drew the concern of the United States and its allies.
Speaking to the senators at the presidential office, Tsai thanked France for its concern about the situation in the Taiwan Strait and support for its international participation.