“We certainly hope that, like-minded countries will continue to work together to ensure Taiwan’s security, which is in the interest of peace and stability in the region.”
Beijing has stepped up diplomatic, military and economic pressure on Taiwan since Tsai came to power in 2016, as she refuses to acknowledge their idea that the island is part of “one China”.
Tsai regards Taiwan as a de facto sovereign nation but has resisted any formal declaration of independence, a move Beijing has long warned could spark war.
In her speech, she urged the international community to resolve potential conflict hotspots in the East and South China Sea regions.
This week, Beijing fired missiles into the disputed South China Sea which is also claimed by Taiwan and a string of other countries.
Tsai also pledged to build on ties with western nations.
“We will continue to seek a stronger security partnership with the United States and other like-minded countries in the region, built on our shared values and common interests,” she said.