After provocations with overflight maneuvers, China is now adopting a different tone in the dispute with Taiwan – speaks of “reunification by peaceful means”. Party leader Xi cannot do without threats, and there are clear announcements to other powers.
In the heightened tensions surrounding Taiwan, China’s head of state and party leader Xi Jinping has called for “reunification”. Uniting by “peaceful means” would best serve the interests of the entire Chinese nation, the president said at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People. The occasion was the 110th anniversary of the revolution of 1911, to which both today’s Communist People’s Republic and the Republic of China, founded at that time and still existing in Taiwan, refer.
“Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should be on the right side of history and unite to achieve the total reunification and renewal of the Chinese nation,” Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying. “Taiwan’s independence is the main obstacle to the reunification of the motherland and a serious hidden threat,” said Xi. With a view to the independence of today’s democratic Taiwan, Xi Jinping said: “Those who forget their legacy, betray their homeland and try to divide the country will come to a bad end.” Without naming the US, which is committed to Taiwan’s defense capabilities and supplies weapons, the president warned against foreign interference: “The Taiwan issue is a purely internal matter for China.”
US secretly trains Taiwan’s military
His warning and appeal to the 23 million Taiwanese come against the background of an escalation of the conflict, as China has been increasing military pressure for weeks. Beijing is also upset that the US has taken its relationship with liberal Taiwan to a higher level. In view of the secret training of troops in Taiwan by US special forces, China warned on Friday of “serious damage” to relations with the US. According to the Pentagon, a contingent of around 20 US soldiers has been training Taiwanese army and navy personnel for several months.
In the 1911 revolution, the Qing Dynasty was overthrown and the Republic of China was founded under Sun Yat-sen. In the later civil war, however, the communists prevailed and the national Chinese Kuomintang party fled with the government to Taiwan. The island regards itself today as independent, but continues to call itself the Republic of China and celebrates the anniversary of the revolution on Sunday with its national holiday. The communist leadership in Beijing, on the other hand, sees Taiwan only as an “inseparable part” of the People’s Republic, which was founded in 1949, and threatens a violent conquest for “reunification”.