China says military force an option to stop Taiwan's fight for independence

Elias Hubbard
May 31, 2020

The head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday that "one country, two systems" and "peaceful reunification" is the best way to bring China and Taiwan together.

The fact that the meeting in Beijing on Friday, presided by the chair of the top legislature, was held immediately after the annual sessions of the top legislature and political advisory body in the Great Hall of the People, and was attended by senior officials from all related departments - from the legislature and judiciary to the military - reflects the significance the State attaches to sending a clear warning to the secessionists and their foreign sponsors not to try Beijing's patience. China's leaders have grown increasingly assertive about issues of sovereignty, ratcheting up tensions in response to Taiwan's election of a government that views the island as a de facto independent nation.

"We do not promise to abandon the use of force, and reserve the option to take all necessary measures, to stabilise and control the situation in the Taiwan Strait", Li said.

China has never failed to assert the "One China Policy", that strictly insists that both Taiwan and mainland China are inseparable parts of a single "China". The comments are especially striking amid worldwide opprobrium over China passing new national security legislation for Chinese-run Hong Kong.

Beijing and its supporters in Hong Kong are defending the legislative move against criticism from foreign countries, including the US, which has threatened to revoke special trade privileges granted to the former British colony when it was handed over to China in 1997 under a one country, two systems framework in which it was guaranteed its own political, legal, social and legal institutions for 50 years.

Li Zhanshu (栗戰書), a member of the CCP Politburo standing committee and chairman of the National People's Congress standing committee, gave a speech addressing anti-independence and reiterating the "one China principle" and the so-called "1992 consensus". "Force and unilateral decisions are not the way to resolve problems".

However, he added: "We warn Taiwan's pro-independence and separatist forces sternly, the path of Taiwan independence leads to a dead end; any challenge to this law will be severely punished".

Experts claim that China may actually be exploiting the pandemic to advance its interests in the whole world including strengthening its core claims on Taiwan and Hong Kong, since, in the present times the U.S. is handicapped due to the pandemic.

Beijing says it's a Chinese province, and it's deeply suspicious of Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen, who it accuses of being a separatist.

Li's comments come a day after China's parliament approved a decision to impose national security laws on Hong Kong, sparking global outcry, as well as violent protests and clashes with security forces.

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