Tsai made the remarks in a keynote speech she delivered at an international symposium funded by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (TFD) titled "The Regional Security of Asia-Pacific and Peace in the Taiwan Strait."
The event was hosted in Taipei by the Taiwan National Security Institute and attended by former Japanese and U.S. ministers as well as defense officials and high-ranking local officials.
China's 2010 Defense White Paper published in March this year continues to view "military struggle" and reunifying Taiwan as its main missions and is preparing for large-scale war, according to Tsai.
When handling cross-strait issues, Taiwan needs to consider the interests of the U.S., Japan and the international community to achieve equilibrium in the region, and achieve stability through consistent talks, Tsai noted.
The DPP supports relations with China based on the concepts of reciprocity through multi-layer dialogues to create a stable and peaceful cross-strait framework, she added.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also gave a keynote speech, said that over the last two decades, China's military budget has increased sharply, especially for its naval forces, as the country attempts to control the East China Sea and the Western Pacific.
Since 1980, China has continued to apply the dangerous logic of "Strategic Frontier Theory,"which uses force to determine borders and exclusive economic zones, said Abe.
The U.S.-Japan alliance and Japan's national security policies underwent significant changes in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in March, in which the U.S. and Japan deployed more than 120,000 troops to take part in rescue operations, the largest mission since the establishment of the alliance, Abe added.
Speaking on the same occasion, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), who is also chairman of TFD, noted that the U.S. once said peaceful cross-Taiwan Strait ties are of a great significance to the security in the Northeast Asia region and that to ensure sustainable development in the face of rapid changes in China, it is important for the island to establish communication mechanisms and become an important stabilizing influence in the East Asia region.
He also asked the U.S. to sell defensive weapons to Taiwan such as F-16 C/D fighter jets to ensure the military balance in the region.
Taiwan also needs to be more actively involved in international organizations to protect its people's rights such as the World Health Assembly (WHA), in which it has observer status, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which it is scheduled to join in 2012, Wang said. (By Sunrise Lin and C.J. Lin) ENDITEM/J