>> In the face of renewed threats from China, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Saturday made an urgent call for international support.>> We're an important and loyal supporter of all internationally important values. So when a country like us faces difficulties and threats, we hope that the international community takes it seriously, and can voice support and help us.
>> Tsai's comments coming after Chinese President Xi Jinping told his top military leaders on Friday the country's armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for possible battle. Although the meeting reported by China's state-run Xinhua news agency did not mention Taiwan by name, it does follow other public comments.
Earlier this week, Xi reiterated in a strongly worded speech his goal of unification with Taiwan, which considers itself a sovereign state but has never formally declared independence. And while Xi said China will strive for peaceful reunification, he also said this.>> We do not promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the option to use all necessary measures to achieve this goal and prevent Taiwan independence.
>> Relations between the two neighbors have been at a low since the election of President Tsai, who has refused to acknowledge Beijing's stance that the self-ruled island is part of the One China policy. Prompting Xi to step up pressure on Taiwan touting the one country, two systems model, a framework that Tsai said she would not accept.