Rome, 9 October 2021 – The tension is skyrocketing. Taiwan it is “an internal issue within China and does not allow for external interference,” said President Xi Jinping, at the celebrations for the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, during which he said that the issue was born out of the weakness and chaos of the Chinese nation. “Taiwan’s secessionism is the biggest obstacle to national reunification, a serious threat to national rejuvenation. Anyone who wants to betray and separate the country will be judged by history and will not end well,” added Xi, assuring peremptorily that “the complete reunification of our country will take place and can be achieved“.
Taiwan’s solution “is determined by the general trend of Chinese history, but more importantly, it is the common will of all the Chinese people. National reunification by peaceful means best serves the interests of the Chinese nation as a whole, including the countrymen of Taiwan, ”Xi said. “The compatriots on boththe sides of the Taiwan Strait should be on the right side of history and join hands to achieve the complete reunification of China and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, “but those who forget their heritage,” betray their homeland and try to divide the country, will not have a good end, “he continued. Xi, adding that they will be despised by the people and condemned by history. “Nobody should underestimate the determination, willingness and ability of the Chinese people to safeguard sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the president warned.
The response from the Taipei bureau, relaunched by Reuters, comes a few hours later: the future of Taiwan remains in the hands of its people – 23 million inhabitants – who call out the Chinese principle of ‘one country, two systems’. On another note, the Taipei National Affairs Council urged China to abandon “provocative steps of intrusion, harassment and destruction”, after Beijing last week sent 150 fighters in the island’s airspace. President Tsai has repeatedly reiterated that she “will neither yield nor advance”, strongly defending national sovereignty and security and continuing to deepen cooperation with friendly countries. At the same time, the island “will strive to maintain the status quo of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait”.
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