At the same time, Xi Jinping did not explicitly mention the use of force after a week of tensions with the island, which caused international concern, the agency said.
The head of the People’s Republic of China, speaking at the Great People’s Hall in Beijing, said that the Chinese people have a “glorious tradition” of countering separatism.
“Separatism for Taiwan’s independence is the biggest obstacle to the reunification of the homeland and the most serious latent danger to national revival,” Xi Jinping said.
Peaceful “reunification” is in the best interests of the Taiwanese people, he said, but China will defend their sovereignty and unity.
Beijing calls Taiwan its territory. Taipei, in response to Xi Jinping’s statement, pledged to defend its freedom, stressing that only the people of Taiwan can decide their future.
The island state of Taiwan declared its secession from China in 1949 after the civil war and has extensive commercial and informal ties with many countries, but only 15 states recognize its government as independent. Beijing does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign state and considers it to be its breakaway province.
Shortly after President Joe Biden came to power in the United States, Taiwan announced a major incursion by Chinese warplanes into its territory. BBC… Experts believe that in this way the Chinese authorities wanted to check the level of support by the Biden administration for the island state.
Reuters notes that since October 1, about 150 aircraft of the Chinese Air Force have invaded Taiwan’s air defense identification zone for four days in a row, now the incursions have stopped. Xi Jinping did not mention these flights, the agency added.