China vows Taiwan Peaceful Reunification on high tensions

October 10, 2021

China’s Vows Peaceful Reunification With Taiwan Amid High Tensions

China Vows Taiwan Peace . China’s President Xi Jinping vows to reunify Taiwan with China and say his country would achieve “peaceful reunification” at the time when tensions between Beijing and the island are at their worst.

Since Taiwan separated from mainland China in 1949 fighting the civil war with the CPC headed by Mao Zedong, the island considers itself completely independent. But despite never governing the island, China still claims Taiwan as a part of its territory.

“Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait” should stand on the right side of history and join hands to achieve China’s complete unification.” President Xi said on Saturday before the audience of politicians at an event to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the end of China’s last imperial dynasty.

He further warned, “Those who forget their heritage, betray their motherland, and seek to split the country will come to no good.”

China Vows Taiwan Peace

Even though a number of China’s military jets made panicky headlines in recent days, the jets never crossed into Taiwan’s airspace. Still, the military exercises led Taiwan’s defense minister to say that tensions between China and the island are heightened to the worst point in 40 years

The United States, Japan, and Australia have urged China to opt for a peaceful resolution after the recent developments between the two neighbors.

The 1911 revolution ended 2,123 years of imperial rule and 276 years of Manchu rule and heralded the beginning of China’s republican era followed by the formation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). It left Taiwan separated from PRC in 1949 because it opted for democracy.

Taiwan Response

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s Response to these tensions

Tsai Ing-wen is a strong supporter of Taiwan’s independence. Tsai said on Friday, although Taiwan does not want any military conflicts if needed, “Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend its freedom and democracy.”

The comments were made during the national day celebrations in Taipei. She said no one would force Taiwan to bow to China.

Responding to the multiple threats from China that it will one day make a complete invasion of Taiwan –by force if needed- and overthrow its democratic government, Tsai said Taiwan had the resolve to defend itself and “it must be decided according to the will of Taiwanese people.

She said the future of Taiwan is completely in the hands of the people of Taiwan and that no external power can snatch their rights of independence from them.

The communist party has never governed Taiwan after the end of the civil war in 1949 which resulted in the separation of the island from mainland China but still claims it as a breakaway province.

President Xi has vowed to take the island either by force or by “peaceful reunification” but according to Taiwanese President Tsai, Taiwan is already a sovereign nation with no need to declare independence. “The recent actions show how the balance of power around Taiwan is fundamentally shifting, pushing a decades-long impasse over its future into a dangerous new phase.” noted the NY Times.

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