China denounces Taiwan president's speech

A Taiwan flag is pictured during the national day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10,2021. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo

TAIPEI, Oct 10 (Reuters) - China's government on Sunday denounced Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen's National Day speech, saying it incited confrontation and distorted facts.

The seeking of Taiwan independence closes the door to dialogue, China's Taiwan Affairs Office said.

Speaking earlier on Sunday, Tsai said that Taiwan will keep bolstering its defences to ensure nobody can force the island to accept the path China has laid down, offering neither freedom nor democracy, and repeated a call for talks with Beijing.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard Editing by David Goodman

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