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Taiwan calls on China to curb military expansion

'We both shoulder the responsibility of maintaining regional peace,' Tsai says

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen waves at the end of a ceremony for military officials in Taipei on Dec. 28.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called on Beijing to curb its military expansion, a day after Chinese leader Xi Jinping reiterated his desire for unification.

"We [Taiwan and China] both shoulder the responsibility of maintaining regional peace and stability," Tsai said in a New Year speech at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Saturday morning. "Military conflict will impact economic stability. We should each take care of our people's lives and reassure society, so the two sides of the strait will have the space and environment to peacefully face problems and seek solutions."

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