Şimal Çınar –TDO- After the election of Tsai, the leader of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, China’s stance against Taiwan has turned increasingly hostile since it suspects Tsai to push for formal independence. Even though she stated that she wants to maintain status quo and ensure peace, the independence of Taiwan remains as a sensitive issue for Communist Party leaders of China. Thus, in recent months, China has stepped up military drills around Taiwan. Consequently, President Tsai Ing-wen stated that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions. When asked in an interview on Taiwan television broadcast late on Monday she said, "When you consider it (Taiwan-China relationship) from a regional perspective, any reasonable policymaker will have to very carefully deliberate as to whether launching war is an option"
In presence of this serious threat, Taiwan is pressing for its main source of arms -the United States- to provide more advanced equipment. But the country has also been trying to bolster its own weapons programme at the same time.