Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Monday to bolster the island's military but added it will not seek war amid tensions with its biggest rival China.
Cross-strait relations have rapidly deteriorated since Tsai took office last May, with Beijing cutting all official communications with Taipei as it does not trust her traditionally pro-independence Demo-cratic Progressive Party.
The two sides split after a civil war in 1949 but China still sees self-governing Taiwan as a wayward province to be brought back into its fold, by force if necessary.
Tsai made the remarks Monday in a national address at a National Day celebration, her second since taking office last year.
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