December 9, 2022

Xi said China will never give up its right to use force against Taiwan

Xi said China will never give up its right to use force against Taiwan

BEIJING/TAIBI (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday at the opening of the conference that it was up to the Chinese people to resolve the Taiwan issue and that China would never give up its right to use force but would strive for a peaceful solution. Great party meeting.

Taiwan, which China regards as its territory, responded that it would not relinquish its sovereignty or concede freedom and democracy.

Tensions between Beijing and Taipei escalated dramatically in August after China conducted war games near Taiwan following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. These military activities continued, albeit at a low rate.

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In a speech at the opening of the 20th Congress of the ruling Communist Party in Beijing, Xi said China has always “respects, cares and benefits” the people of Taiwan and is committed to promoting economic and cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Straits.

“The solution to the Taiwan issue is the affair of the Chinese people, and it is up to the Chinese people to decide,” he said.

“We insist on seeking peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and best efforts, but we will not promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option to take all necessary measures,” he added.

This option is aimed at “interference” by outside forces and a “very small number” of Taiwan independence supporters, not the vast majority of the Taiwanese people, Xi said.

“The historical wheels of national reunification and national renewal are advancing, and the complete reunification of the motherland must be achieved, and this must be achieved!” To a long round of applause.

Taiwan’s presidential office said in response that the Republic of China – the island’s official name – is an independent and sovereign country.

“Taiwan’s position is firm: no retreat from national sovereignty, no compromise on democracy and freedom, and meeting on the battlefield is not an absolute choice on both sides of the Taiwan Strait,” it said in a statement.

“This is the consensus of the people of Taiwan,” the presidential office said, adding that the national security team is closely monitoring developments at the conference.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, in her National Day speech on Monday, said war between Taiwan and China is not an option, and reiterated her willingness to talk with Beijing, even as she vowed to continue strengthening Taiwan’s defenses.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Taiwan Prime Minister Su Tsengchang – who was sanctioned by China last year, saying he is a separatist – said Xi should focus on his people.

Referring to rare political protest banners on a flyover in Beijing on Thursday, Su said, “Xi Jinping should pay attention to the smoke and protest banners on Beijing’s Sitong Bridge, instead of always thinking about using force to deal with Taiwan.”

China refuses to talk to Tsai, considering her a separatist.

Beijing offered Taiwan a “one country, two systems” model of autonomy, the same formula it uses for Hong Kong. But the proposal has been rejected by all major Taiwanese political parties and it has almost no popular support, according to opinion polls.

Taiwan says that only its own people can decide its future and that Beijing’s claims are invalid because the People’s Republic of China has never ruled any part of the island.

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Additional reporting by Yu Lun Tian and Ben Blanchard; Editing by William Mallard

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