Xi Jinping: the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition” of opposition to separatism
Chinese President Xi Jinping during a speech held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the revolution that ended the last imperial dynasty, said that “Taiwan’s independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving the reunification of the motherland, and the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation”.
“Those who forget their heritage, betray their motherland and seek to split the country will come to no good,” Xi said.
Xi said that “reunification through a peaceful way is most in line with the general interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwanese compatriots,” but added that China will protect its sovereignty and unity. “People should not underestimate Chinese people’s determination to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity. The task of complete reunification of China must be achieved, and it will definitely be achieved. […] The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.”
Xi Jinping reiterated that the reunification of Taiwan will be achieved, but he did not mention the use of force.
The Taiwanese government immediately called on the Chinese government to abandon coercive methods, stating that only the people of Taiwan will be able to decide their own fate.
The Taiwan issue has always been a crucial issue in Chinese politics and in the region’s geopolitical balance.
Democratically run Taiwan has come under increasing military and political pressure to accept Beijing’s sovereignty.
In previous references to the Taiwanese issue, Xi Jinping had been tougher and had not ruled out the force to achieve reunification.
In recent days, the Chinese Air Force has organized four consecutive days of raids into the Taiwan air defense zone since October 1, involving nearly 150 aircraft.
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