Chinese President Xi Jinping urges action on unification with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges action on unification with Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges action on unification with Taiwan

At the same time, he said China has offered economic opportunities for Taiwan and that China "does not attack Chinese people". "That needs to be first established".

Tsai spoke at Taiwan's Presidential Office in Taipei Wednesday, after Xi spoke in Beijing's Great Hall of the People to commemorate the 40th anniversary of "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan", a policy document issued on the day the USA and China established formal diplomatic relations that proposed dialogue and exchanges between the two countries, not military confrontation. China said that year it had given the former British local autonomy. "It is a core interest of China, and the. feelings of the Chinese people, and foreign interference is intolerable", Xi said, according to an official English-language translation broadcast on state media.

"Here, I would like to call on China to face squarely the reality of the existence of the Republic of China on Taiwan", Tsai said, referring to the island's formal name. This course, he said, "gives ample consideration to Taiwan's actual situation and will help Taiwan's long-term peace and stability after unification". Chinese authorities would like to bring the island under their control and they have indicated they would use force, if needed. "We are willing to use the greatest sincerity and expend the greatest hard work to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification", Xi said.

President Xi has taken steps to unify the two lands since becoming China's leader in 2012.

Tsai, who says she wants to maintain the status quo with China, said on Tuesday China must use peaceful means to resolve its differences with Taiwan and respect its democratic values. "It must also be that only organizations authorized by the two governments can sit down for talks".

Chiang only relaxed that in 1987, allowing people in Taiwan to visit China for family reunions.

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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during a New Year's day press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 1, 2019. In the past year or so, the Communist government has increased its pressure on multinational companies to refer to Taiwan as a part of China. He called independence for the self-governing island against history and a dead end.

President Xi said Beijing is willing to talk with the representatives of political parties from Taiwan about the future cross-strait relations, but only when they agree to reject Taiwan's independence and accept the so-called "1992 Consensus", which is centered around the "one-China" principle. Tsai has gone against the wishes of the Communist Party by refusing to support the "one-country, two systems" plan. "It's impossible. Hong Kong is a great example". Hong Kong has also banned an independence party, calling it a threat to national security, in a move widely seen as bending to Chinese dictates.

This October also marks the 70th anniversary of the Communist Party's takeover of China, an occasion that Xi has been using to solidify his stewardship after repealing presidential term limits past year.

The speeches set the stage for a 2020 presidential election in which Tsai is expected to be challenged by the resurgent KMT along with a potential bid by independent Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je.

The specifics of Mr. Xi's address differed little from what his predecessors have said about Taiwan.

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