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China’s Xi Jinping says reunification with Taiwan ‘will be realized’

By AFP

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, October 9, 2021, that a “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan “will happen and be realized”, days after Chinese warplanes landed in the democratically-ruled island’s air defense zone. Record intruded.

Self-governing Taiwan, which has never formally declared independence, remains under constant threat of invasion by China, which views the island as its own territory and vows to one day seize it by force if necessary. Has ditched.

“Realizing national integration by peaceful means serves the interests of the whole country, including our brothers in Taiwan,” Xi said in a speech marking the 110th anniversary of a revolution. of China.

“Taiwan’s independence is the biggest obstacle to homeland reunification and a grave hidden danger,” Xi warned.

A large portrait of Sun Yat-sen, a Western-educated physician who led the 1911 Revolution that toppled the Qing Empire, ascended the stage as Xi spoke.

Sun founded the Republic of China, which remains the formal name of Taiwan, where defeated nationalists fled after Mao Zedong’s communist forces won the Chinese Civil War in 1949 and established the People’s Republic.

“The complete integration of our country will be and can be realized,” Xi said.

A Pentagon official confirmed that US special operations forces have been quietly training Taiwanese troops for months, and warned against foreign interference in Taiwan.

“The Taiwan issue is entirely China’s internal matter and no outside interference is allowed,” he said.

Beijing has increased pressure on Taipei since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, which sees the island as “already independent”.

Tsai is scheduled to speak on Sunday at an event commemorating the revolution of 1911, one of the few events that united China and Taiwan.

Taiwan’s defense minister said on Wednesday that military tensions with China were at their highest level in four decades, after nearly 150 Chinese warplanes – a record number – infiltrated Taiwan’s air defense sector in recent days.

Xi’s warning comes after Britain sent a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week challenging Beijing’s claim to the sensitive waterway, and a French delegation visited Taiwan despite warnings from China.

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