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

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

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

"I hereby reiterate that Taiwan will definitely not accept "One country, two systems".

President Xi made the comments in a speech on the 40th anniversary of a key policy statement that eventually lead to a thaw in relations with the self-ruled island.

Taiwan's unification with the mainland is "inevitable", President Xi Jinping said today, warning against any efforts to promote the island's independence and saying China would not renounce the option of using military force to bring it into the fold.

However, he also warned that China reserved the right to use force.

Ahead of Xi's speech Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen defended self-rule and said Beijing must respect its sovereignty.

A mother carries her child past a television in New Taipei City on January 2, 2019 showing Xi making a speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of a message sent to Taiwan in 1979.

Xi Jinping has insisted that the island would ultimately be reunified with the mainland, and the issue should not be left for future generations to deal with. China has already been ratcheting up pressure on Taiwan in recent months. As part of the government's New Southbound Policy, visitors from six Southeast Asian countries were allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan if they held a resident card or visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, any European Union or Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the USA that had expired less than 10 years prior to their date of arrival.

Xi has set great personal store in resolving what the Communist Party calls the "Taiwan issue", holding a landmark meeting with then Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore in late 2015, just before Tsai was elected.

"One country, two systems" refers to a framework similar to Hong Kong in which the territory became part of China but retained a degree of autonomy.

Tsai said that Taiwan is willing to talk, but it must be with the approval of the Taiwanese people.

In this December 1, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and China's President Xi Jinping, left, attend their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"We are willing to create a vast space for peaceful unification, but we will never leave any room for any sort of Taiwan independence separatist activities", he said speaking at Beijing's Great Hall of the People.

Underscoring China's nervousness about US support in particular for Taiwan, US President Donald Trump on Monday signed into law the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, which reaffirms the US commitment to Taiwan, including arms sales.

Democratic Taiwan has shown no interest in being ruled by autocratic China. He promised "lasting peace" and "good and prosperous lives" for the Taiwanese people after unification.

Taiwan's national flags fly outside the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Taiwan.

Further eroding the chance of dialogue, the Taiwan president probably spoke Tuesday to deter Taiwan's opposition party mayors and magistrates from holding their own talks, said Shane Lee, political scientist with Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan. Tsai's pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party suffered stinging losses to the China-friendly Kuomintang in mayoral and local elections in November.

Decades later, China has again been rebuffed. "We call on China to bravely step forward for democracy, for only by doing so can it truly understand the people of Taiwan's thinking and insistence".

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