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Taiwan President Tsai pledges to defend island's freedoms

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to defend her island’s freedom and democracy in a speech to mark National Day on Tuesday, her second since taking office in May, 2016, and said Taiwan would not bow to pressure. Cross-straits relations with mainland China have cooled significantly since Tsai took office, with China cutting off official channels to pressure Tsai and her party into recognising the “one China” principle agreed on by the previous Nationalist government. China considers Taiwan a renegade province to be taken back by force, if necessary.

(Reporting By Fabian Hamacher and Jessica Macy Yu; Editing by Greg Torode and Paul Tait)
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