টার Reuters Chinese President Xi Jinping is speaking at a meeting marking the 110th anniversary of the Jinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
Written by Carlos Garcia and Yue Lun Tian
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday promised a “peaceful reunion” with Taiwan and did not mention direct force after a week of tensions with the Chinese-claimed island, raising international concerns.
Taiwan soon responded by calling on Beijing to abandon its coercion, reiterating that only the people of Taiwan could decide their future.
Democratic-ruled Taiwan has increased military and political pressure from Beijing to recognize its sovereignty, but Taipei has vowed to defend its independence.
Speaking at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Xi said the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition of opposition” to separatism.
“Taiwan’s independence is the biggest obstacle to achieving separatism and the most serious hidden danger of national revival,” he said.
He added that peaceful “reunification” is best suited to the overall interests of the Taiwanese people, but that China will protect its sovereignty and unity.
No one will underestimate the determination, determination and determination of the Chinese people to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity, “Xi said. “The historical work of complete reunification of the motherland must be completed, and it must be fulfilled.”
He hit back a bit softer than in July, referring to Taiwan in his last keynote speech, where he vowed to “destroy” any attempt at formal independence. In 2019, he directly threatened to use force to bring the island under Beijing’s control.
Nevertheless, the speech was rarely received in Taiwan.
The president’s office says it is a sovereign independent country, not part of the People’s Republic of China, and has explicitly rejected China’s offer of “one country, two systems” to govern the island.
“The future of the nation depends on the people of Taiwan,” the office said.
In a separate statement, Taiwan’s China policy-making mainland council called on Beijing to “abandon provocative measures of infiltration, harassment and destruction” and return to talks.
The Chinese air force launched a four-day air strike on Taiwan’s air defense identification zone on October 1, involving about 150 aircraft, although those missions have ended. Shi did not mention those flights.
Taiwan officially calls itself the Republic of China, the name of the country founded in 1912 after the fall of the Qing Dynasty.
That government fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing the civil war to the Communists, who founded what is now the People’s Republic.
Taiwan October 10, the date on which the anti-imperialist revolution in China began, as its national day, and President Tsai Ing-wen will deliver a keynote address in Taipei on Sunday.
At a pre-national day reception at an airport in Xinchu, northern Taiwan, on Saturday night, Xi thanked the armed forces for protecting Taiwan, although he did not mention tensions with China.
“We will continue to work hard to hold fast to the first lines of democracy and independence,” he said.
China remembers the revolution in the call of Republican leader Sun Yat-sen for patriotism, national revival and good governance.
Xi used the speech to highlight the need for a strong force to lead the country and the need for this powerful force, the Chinese Communist Party.
“There will be no new China without the Chinese Communist Party, and so there will be no revival of the Chinese people,” he said.
Xi has tightened party controls in all areas of life and will serve a third term as boss of the Communist Party, breaking protocol, by the end of next year, when a congress will elect a new leadership for the next five years.