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China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan - Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Chinese across the Taiwan Strait as well as at home and abroad to work together for the nation's greater good and to advance the process toward the peaceful reunification of China China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan
Leonard Rios | 03 January, 2019, 05:20

In his talk to commemorate the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan", which was delivered four decades ago following a raft of reforms introduced by former China's leader Deng Xiaoping, Chairman Xi said China will strive to achieve peaceful "reunification" with Taiwan but will not renounce the use of force to resolve cross-strait disputes.

Xi did tout Taiwan's "great victory in frustrating the Taiwan independence movement and other separatist activities" - one day after Tsai said Taiwan's "greatest challenge" was combating Beijing's attempts to "interfere in Taiwan's internal politics and social development".

But Mr. Xi's offer of "one country two systems" for Taiwan is an important indicator that this will form the thrust of China's efforts in coming years, said Li Zhenguang, professor at the Institute of Taiwan Studies, Beijing Union University.

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".

Taiwan considers itself a sovereign state, with its own currency, political and judicial systems, but has never declared formal independence from the mainland.

But the Chinese leader also sounded a stern warning: Agitate for independence and face China's military wrath.

"After peaceful reunification, Taiwan will have lasting peace and the people will enjoy good and prosperous lives", Xi said.

"Taiwan will never accept a "one country, two systems" framework", said President Tsai.

"The majority of Taiwan's public opinion also adamantly rejects "One country, two systems", and also the "Taiwan consensus".

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"They (China) are gobbling up Hong Kong, not just politically but culturally and economically too", Claudia Mo, a pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker, told AFP.

Mr Xi said both sides were part of the same Chinese family and that Taiwanese independence was "an adverse current from history and a dead end".

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during the end-of-year news conference in Taipei.

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

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday that its people want to maintain their self-rule and autonomy.

Despite much publicity over 152 missing Vietnamese tourists, Taipei's efforts to replace the decline in tourist arrivals from the mainland have apparently paid off. Arguably, an additional 1 or 2 million tourists might have arrived had it not been for Beijing's discouragement, although a major push to attract other visitors might not have been implemented. "Since Hong Kong was returned to China, its freedom and democracy have faced a lot of limitations".

MOFA urged the worldwide community to maintain its support for Taiwan and help it to continue to serve as a beacon in the Asia-Pacific region.

In recent years, Beijing has become increasingly assertive over its claims and what it says is a key question of national sovereignty.

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