Speaking during a visit to Hawaii, Tsai said that requests for the purchase of new fighters F-16 and M1 tanks were made.
"Beijing's long-standing interest in forcing Taiwan's reunification with the continent and halt any attempt by Taiwan to declare independence has served as a key driver for China's modernization," the report said.
Tsai said the weapon she requested from Washington would significantly increase our land and air capabilities, strengthen military morale, and show the world the US commitment to Taiwan's defense. In response, the Chinese Ministry of Defense said Beijing was "firmly opposed to the sale of US arms to Taiwan and US military contacts with Taiwan."
"The Taiwanese question belongs to the interior of China, it affects China's main interest and the Chinese people's national commitment ̵
self-governing island. Taiwan is de facto not we are hanging out of mainland China after the end of the country's civil war in 1949 when the losing nationalist government escaped to Taipei The Chinese Communist Party has always claimed that Taiwan is part of its territory and promised to seek unification by hesitating to build of economic and social ties with the island and threatening it with military intervention, the reality of the existence of the Republic of China, "referring to the island under its official name. She also urged Beijing to "respect the 23 million Taiwan citizens' commitment to freedom and democracy."