Chinese President Xi Jinping said that no one can change the fact that Taiwan is "part of China," adding that Beijing would not give up the use of military force as an option to Reunification ". 19659002] Xi spoke on Wednesday in a speech on the 40th anniversary of a policy statement that eventually led to a thaw in relations with the self-governing island.
"We are decidedly against those who are behind the video of" "Two China" or "One China-a Taiwan" or Taiwan independence, "said Xi in part of his first big speech in which he told the population of Addressed by Beijing as a renegade province
"We have achieved a great victory by defeating any independence and no separatist activities. Nobody and no party can change the historical and legal attitude that Taiwan is a part of China and that both sides of the road belong to China, "said Xi in Beijing.
China" reserves the right to take all necessary measures "against He said the Taiwanese want to retain their self-determination
His speech came a day after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen urged China to seek a peaceful solution In terms of their differences, people on the island want to maintain the autocracy.
"I would like to ask China to look directly at the reality of the Republic of China in Taiwan," Tsai said in a New Year's Day address referring to the island's official name.
She added that both sides of the Straits of Taiwan need a pragmatic understanding of the fundamental differences that exist between them in terms of values and political systems.
China "You have to respect the tenacity of 23 million people for freedom and democracy and use peaceful means to deal with our differences," Tsaid said. Graham Ong-Webb, Research Fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of Boarding After international studies at Nanyang Technological University, Xi's remarks on Wednesday were "in line with the" message that the Chinese government has led over the last 40 years a number of prime ministers "."
The Chinese president has "delivered the same message in recent years, though for a variety of reasons, it is adopting a stricter and firmer stance."
"At the end of the day, there is a reunification timetable and the Chinese government must achieve this goal at some point," Ong-Webb told Al Jazeera of Singapore.
China intervenes "Taiwan's Greatest Challenge"
The Chinese government has put pressure on Tsai since taking office in 201
She fears that Tsai wants to demand Taiwan's formal independence, although Tsai says she has this status quo. Beijing has regularly sent military aircraft and ships to orbit around the island.
China's interference in the island's political and social development is "Taiwan's biggest challenge at the moment," Tsai said Tuesday.
Beijing denies any interference in Taiwan's internal affairs. It sees Taiwan as a stubborn province that, if necessary, is forcibly brought under its control, without a right to international recognition as an independent political entity.
Democratic Taiwan has shown no interest in being ruled by autocratic China.
Liu Jieyi, head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said he had not failed provocations "by Taiwan's government last year in light of" considerations. "
" Although the road to the future will not all be easy, we have the confidence and the ability to overcome risks and challenges, "he said in a statement on the Office's website.
Focus on the 2020 Elections
Xi's speech was 40 years ago, since 1979 a message to In January 1979, Beijing declared that routine artillery had come to an end bombing of Taiwan-controlled offshore islands near China, after decades of hostility the connection between the two sides made possible.
Chiang Kai-shek fled in December 1949 with defeated nationalist forces oh Taiwan, after he had committed a defeat Civil War against the Communists.
Despite the deep business, cultural and personal relationships that exist today, no peace treaty or formal end to hostilities has been signed
Taiwan is preparing for presidential elections in a year's time. At the mayoral and local elections in November, Tsai's pro-Independence Democratic Progressive Party suffered stinging losses at China-friendly Kuomintang.
Ong-Webb said that "things are going to be cut off a bit between China and Taiwan" next year or so.
"We have to look at the parliamentary elections in 2020. This is what the Chinese government is doing to see how they can break ground to achieve the desired goal, namely, return to the Kuomintang nationalist party Power. "