Taiwan president defiant after China calls for reunification

03 January, 2019, 05:17 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • China's President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping told the people of Taiwan on Wednesday that they were welcome to join a unified China, but warned that he was not ruling out military action if they refused.

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has issued a new threat to use military force in Taiwan as Beijing intensifies efforts to achieve unification with the self-governing democratic region, holding up Hong Kong as a model for Taipei.

"We are willing to create a vast space for peaceful unification, but we will never leave any room for any sort of Taiwan independence separatist activities", he said.

Xi was speaking on the anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" on January 1, 1979, when China declared an end to what had been routine artillery bombardment of Taiwan-controlled offshore islands and offered to open up communication between the two sides.

Taiwan and China must join hands to facilitate the reinvigoration of the Zhonghua minzu (中華民族, "Chinese ethnic group") and realize the goal of peaceful unification, Xi said, adding that the continued separation of the two sides is a historical trauma suffered by the Zhonghua minzu as a whole, whose revival would help solve the "Taiwan problem". While U.S. President Donald Trump and Xi had appeared to come to a trade agreement in late 2018, the U.S. then called for the arrest an extradition of a Chinese tech executive, infuriating the Chinese government.

The event was to mark 40 years since China proposed ending military confrontation with Taiwan and seeking reunification through dialogue, after establishing diplomatic relations with the United States in 1979.

In 1992, unofficial representatives of Beijing and Taipei reached what has since been known as the 1992 consensus - an understanding that there is only "one China", but each side would have its own interpretation of what that means.

In a strong caution to advocates of Taiwanese independence, he said China was "firmly against" critics of Beijing's policy, claiming that "no one and no party can change the fact that Taiwan is part of China".

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"Peaceful unification and "one country, two systems" are the best methods of realizing unification between the two sides", Xi said as cited by China's official Xinhua News Agency.

Tsai, responding to Xi's speech at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, said Taiwan would "never accept" such a framework. "The majority of Taiwanese are staunchly opposed to the concept [of one country, two systems]".

The speech closely tied the Taiwan issue to Xi's central pledge to make China a global power by 2050.

Tsai said that Taiwan is willing to talk, but it must be with the approval of the Taiwanese people.

But some in Taiwan say worsening relations with Beijing have harmed business, as cuts to pensions and a reduction in public holidays compound frustrations over a stagnant economy where salaries have not kept up with the rise in cost of living.

Taiwan's leader rejected his call just hours later.

Beijing has adopted a multi-pronged approach to diminish Taiwan's presence on the worldwide stage in recent years, including blocking it from global forums and poaching its dwindling number of official diplomatic allies.

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