China Opposes An Independent Taiwan

China will resolutely oppose and contain Taiwan independence, Premier Li Keqiang said in remarks prepared for delivery at the opening of the annual meeting of parliament on Sunday, amid heightened tension between Beijing and the self-ruled island.

China is deeply suspicious of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, whose ruling Democratic Progressive Party espouses the island’s formal independence, a red line for Beijing, which has cut off an official dialogue mechanism with Taipei.

Tsai says she wants peace with China.

“We will never tolerate any activity, in any form or name, which attempts to separate Taiwan from the motherland,” Li said in a report available before he delivered an annual address to China’s top legislature.

China will protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity while safeguarding peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, Li said.

Defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in 1949 after losing a civil war to the Communists. China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, viewing it as a wayward province.

In 2014, hundreds of students occupied Taiwan’s parliament for weeks in protests known as the Sunflower Movement, demanding more transparency and fearful of China’s growing economic and political influence on the democratic island.

Chinese jets and warships carried out exercises near Taiwan and into the Western Pacific on Thursday, as Taiwan’s defense minister warned of a growing threat from its giant neighbor.

Li also said the notion of Hong Kong independence would lead nowhere, and Beijing would ensure that the principle of “one country, two systems” is applied in Hong Kong and Macao “without being bent or distorted”.

 

  • ontario john

    Yes, Trudeau’s favorite form of government as he puts it, is having its annual congress of fascists. All the commie sheep are gathered together to clap like North Korean puppets, whenever the Chinese dictator speaks. Perhaps Walmart can have a special sale to celebrate.

  • Mannie

    China has always considered Taiwan to be an integral part of China. So does Taiwan, they just disagree with who should be in charge of China. But Taiwan is leaning more and more toward the Mainland, The Anschluss (to steal a historic term) will probably come voluntarily as a result of an election in Taiwan. The pro unionists are getting stronger.

    • I would question the motives of those unionists. Taiwan is valuable militarily as well as figuratively.