China must firmly prevent anyone from separating Taiwan from China, President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday, quoted by the official Xinhua news agency. He also announced that the homeland “must be united and will inevitably be united.”
Xi Jinping delivered a speech during a symposium commemorating the 130th anniversary of the birth of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong, who in 1949 defeated the government of the Republic of China in the civil war, which, as a result of these events, moved to Taiwan.
Xi said that “the complete unification of the motherland is an irresistible trend.” “The motherland must and will inevitably be reunited,” the Chinese leader said, speaking before Communist Party activists.
He emphasized that China must deepen integration between Beijing and Taipei, promote the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait, and “resolutely prevent anyone from separating Taiwan from China in any way.”
In his speech, Xi did not mention the use of force against Taiwan, although – as Reuters notes – China has never ruled out such a possibility. He also made no mention of the upcoming ones in Taiwan elections.
Tensions between Beijing and Taipei
The presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in Taiwan on January 13. IN polls is led by Lai Ching-te from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, whom Beijing considers a separatist. Meanwhile, the main opposition party, the Kuomintang, which favors closer ties with Beijing, has pledged to resume dialogue with China if it wins the elections.
Recently, there has been increased activity of the Chinese army in the vicinity of Taiwan, which – according to observers – is related to the upcoming elections on the island, which China described as “a choice between war and peace”.
The Chinese military regularly organizes demonstrative maneuvers of its naval and air forces, expressing dissatisfaction with political events in Taiwan, whose democratically elected government is not recognized by Beijing.
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