Beijing could use military force to annex Taiwan to China
BEIJING, (BM) – The Beijing authorities are striving for a peaceful way to reunite Taiwan with the mainland, but do not exclude force methods. This was stated by the chief of the Joint Staff of the Central Military Council of the PRC, General Li Zocheng, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
“If all the chances for a peaceful reunification of the homeland are exhausted, the Chinese army will use all means to ensure the integrity of its territory,” Interfax quoted the military commander as speaking at a meeting on the 15th anniversary of the adoption of the Anti-Separatism Law in China.
Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, Li Zhanshu, said in his speech that Beijing “will never allow any force to separate Taiwan from China in any way.”
He confirmed that “China will use all means to prevent Taiwan’s secession from China” by proponents of island independence, but non-peaceful methods are “this last resort.”
At the same time, Liu Jie, the head of the Chancellery of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China for Taiwan Affairs, said that peaceful reunification using the formula “one country, two systems” is the best way, and all attempts to prevent this are doomed to failure.
Official ties between the central government of the PRC and the island province were interrupted in 1949 after the Kuomintang forces, led by Chiang Kai-shek, who were defeated in the civil war with the Chinese Communist Party, moved to Taiwan. Business and informal contacts between Taiwan and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. Since the early 1990s, the parties began to contact through non-governmental organizations – the Beijing Association for the Development of Relations through the Taiwan Strait and the Taipei Strait Exchange Fund.
Between 2008 and 2016, relations between the shores of the Taiwan Strait significantly warmed. But they again experienced a serious rollback after the Democratic Progressive Party, led by Tsai Inven, returned to power, which remains a staunch opponent of the course towards rapprochement with China. She refuses to recognize the fundamental principle of “one China”, which serves as a prerequisite for dialogue. This slowed down the process of rapprochement between the mainland and Taiwan.
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