China will not 'give up use of military force' over Taiwan - Xi

Minnie Murray
January 3, 2019

A Taiwan independent from mainland China is not an option, and no person or party can stop the trend toward "unification", Chinese President Xi Jingping said in a policy speech Wednesday.

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 United States and China established formal diplomatic relations that proposed dialogue and exchanges between the two countries, not military confrontation.

Beijing "reserves the option of taking all necessary measures" against outside forces that interfere with peaceful reunification and Taiwan independence separatist activities, he said.

Xi was speaking on the anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" on January 1, 1979, when China declared an end to what had been routine artillery bombardment of Taiwan-controlled offshore islands and offered to open up communication between the two sides.

Chinese Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in December of 1949 after losing a civil war to the Communists. The Chinese leader's statement earlier today has clearly shown that such rhetoric indicates nothing more than the "one-China" and "one country, two systems" ideology, according to President Tsai.

In 1992, unofficial representatives of Beijing and Taipei reached what has since been known as the 1992 consensus - an understanding that there is only "one China", but each side would have its own interpretation of what that means.

But it was when USA national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski met then paramount leader Deng Xiaoping in 1984 that the idea of "one unified country of China with two systems" was first floated to resolve the Taiwan dilemma. He called independence for the self-governing island against history and a dead end.

"China must face the fact of the existence of Taiwan, Republic of China, and not deny the system of a democratic country that has been commonly built up by the Taiwanese people", she said.

Though Xi's speech takes a strong stance against Taiwanese separatists and pushes for reunification, it is aimed mostly at domestic audiences, analysts say.

"The issue of Taiwan is part of China's domestic politics".

Then-president of Taiwan Chiang Ching-Kuo turned down Beijing's olive branch in 1979, reports Reuters, and later that year came out with the "Three-Noes Policy": no contact, no compromise and no negotiation with China. 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.

"The majority of Taiwan's public opinion also adamantly rejects "One country, two systems", and also the "Taiwan consensus".

"It will only bring more opportunities for other countries".

MOFA urged the worldwide community to maintain its support for Taiwan and help it to continue to serve as a beacon in the Asia-Pacific region.

Beijing has adopted a multi-pronged approach to diminish Taiwan's presence on the worldwide stage in recent years, including blocking it from global forums and poaching its dwindling number of official diplomatic allies.

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