President Tsai Ing-wen has said Taiwan will not allow foreign actors to undermine the country’s democratic freedoms. The president was speaking in her National Day address on Wednesday.
Tsai said diplomacy and defense are two key aspects of maintaining national security. But she said a third aspect is preventing infiltration from outside, whether this takes the form of cyber warfare or outside actors spreading fake news to undermine society.
Tsai said, “We are determined to defend the values of Taiwan’s diverse democracy. But if another country takes advantage of our society’s freedom to infiltrate society and create chaos, we absolutely will not sit by idly, and will take any and all preventive measures necessary.”
"Whether it be disseminating disinformation, illegally obtaining scientific and technical intelligence, maliciously damaging the information security system, intervening in the election process, or interfering with government operations, if there is irrefutable evidence of crime, the perpetrators will suffer serious consequences," said Tsai.
The president said a fourth aspect of national security planning is to rearrange the country’s global economic and trade strategy, especially in light of the escalating trade war between the United States and China.