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Tsai says Taiwan will not bow to Chinese pressure

President speaks day after Xi calls for Taiwan's unification with China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during national day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei on Sunday.   © AP

TAIPEI -- President Tsai Ing-wen said Sunday that Taiwan won't bow to pressure to give up its sovereignty, a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to bring the democratic island under Beijing's control.

"The more we achieve, the greater the pressure we face from China," Tsai said during a national holiday speech to an audience of thousands outside the presidential building in Taipei. "We hope for an easing of cross-strait relations and will not act rashly, but there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure."

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