Communist Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the opening ceremony of the party’s 20th National Congress, and Taiwan along with national security were fresh on his mind.
Xi did not mention the United States specifically, though he talked about possible conflict in the future and warned his colleagues to “get the house in good repair.”
Of major concern was Taiwan, which the Chinese government considers to be an inseparable part of the People’s Republic. Xi said that the mainland will “continue to strive for a peaceful reunification,” though he vowed never to renounce the possibility of force if necessary.
He also ominously kept the option open for the use of “all measures necessary” against those he termed as “separatists” and “interference by outside forces.”
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Xi told the gathering that the “wheels of history are rolling” towards complete reunification of the Chinese nation. He emphasized that it both can and must be realized.
This concept is in direct opposition to the will of Taiwan. The office of President Tsai Ing-wen delivered a response to Xi’s warning by declaring that it is a “sovereign and democratic country.”
The president’s spokesman, Xavier Chang, asserted that the Taiwanese people are united in their conviction that their “territorial sovereignty, independence and democracy cannot be compromised.”
He added that military conflict is not an option, but keeping peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait is the shared responsibility of both Taiwan and China.
The government of the island nation continues to clearly signal that it stands in opposition to the Beijing belief in “one country, two systems” for the mainland and Taiwan.
The U.S. has consistently maintained its commitment to be a check to Chinese aggression, though multiple misstatements by President Joe Biden on that commitment have had to be walked back by the White House and State Department.
For China’s part, Xi told the communist gathering that the nation will endeavor on an accelerated military buildup. He emphasized the country will “work faster to modernize military theory, personnel, and weapons.” Clearly this is a signal to the superpower across the Pacific.