Monday, 28 May, 2018

Xi Speech Escalates Taiwan Tensions with Warning on Attempts to 'Split' China

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In his closing speech at the National People's Congress (NPC) today, Xi said, "The Party is the highest force for political leadership and the fundamental guarantee of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation", Over 1.5 million Chinese officials, including over 100 ministers, were punished in the massive anti-corruption drive carried out by Xi in the last five years which also enabled him to consolidate his power. "The Chinese people has been indomitable and persistent".

"We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies. with a strong determination to take our place in the world", Xi said, according to CNN. This is the first-time a President addressed its valedictory session.

"We have strong capabilities of taking our due place in the world".

"It is a shared aspiration of all Chinese people and in their basic interests to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity and realize China's complete reunification", Xi said.

"Xi's dominance has been achieved through top-down measures, such as tightened discipline and the anti-graft drive, as well as skillful politics, rather than the winning of hearts and minds", said Tom Rafferty, the Economist Intelligence Unit regional manager for China "That points to a potential fragility, but we do not expect any challenge to his position to emerge in the coming years".

U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to impose tariffs on up to $60 billion of Chinese imports and will target the technology and telecommunications sectors, two people who had discussed the issue with the Trump administration said this week.

While China's stepped up military drills around Taiwan over the past year have rattled Taipei, Xi reiterated claims that China's rise was not a threat to any country, though China considers Taiwan to be merely a Chinese province, not a nation.

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China has been trying to head off a trade war with the United States, sending envoys to Washington in recent weeks, including Xi's top economic adviser, Liu He.

"Faced with this important question of our nation and history any action that separates the country is doomed to fail. All will receive the condemnation of the people and the punishment of history", he said.

The Chinese people have the will and ability to "foil all activities to divide the nation" and are united in their belief that "every inch of our great motherland absolutely can not and absolutely will not be separated from China", Xi said.

Besides Taiwan, China brands the Dalai Lama as "splitist".

But he also sought to address concerns about ambitious Chinese development projects overseas, saying they "will not pose a threat to any country".

"The Chinese people's honest wish and practical action to contribute to the peace and development of humanity should not be misinterpreted, nor should it be distorted", Xi said.

"All acts and tricks to separate the country are doomed to fail and will be condemned by the people and punished by history", Xi told almost 3,000 delegates assembled at the imposing Great Hall of the People facing Tiananmen Square. "Only those who habitually threaten others will look at everyone else as threats".

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