Chinese President Xi Jinping has stated that China will “take all necessary measures” to counter “interference by outside forces” on the Taiwan issue. In a wide-ranging speech on Sunday, Xi emphasized China’s determination to reunify with the self-governed island, which Beijing considers part of its territory.He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the 20th National Congress of the ruling Communist Party of China, which is held every five years.
According to an official translation, Xi said in Chinese, “We will continue to strive for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and utmost effort.” “However, we will never promise to refrain from using force.” And we reserve the right to take any and all necessary measures.”
“This is solely directed at outside interference and a few separatists seeking Taiwan independence,” he said, emphasizing that resolving the Taiwan question is a matter for the Chinese.Tensions in Taiwan rose this summer following the controversial visit of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island.
The visit took place despite warnings from China, which believes the island has no right to conduct foreign relations. The United States recognizes Beijing as China’s sole legal government while maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan.
Xi gave Taiwan more prominence in his speech on Sunday than he did five years ago at the party’s 19th National Congress.The high-level meeting determines which officials will lead the party and, ultimately, China.
The names of the new core team around Xi are set to be revealed next weekend. State titles such as president and premier are officially confirmed at the Chinese government’s annual meeting, which is usually held in March. News Source CNN