Xi Jinping warned this Tuesday, within the framework of the 130th anniversary of the birth of the founder of modern China, Mao Zedongthat reunification with Taiwan is “inevitable” and it will “surely” happen in the future.
“The complete reunification of our country is an inevitable trend, a just cause and the common aspiration of the people. Our homeland must be reunified, and surely it will be.”said the Chinese president during a speech at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
Xi Jinping recalled that he “firmly opposes anyone who uses any means to separate Taiwan from China,” while also urging “maintaining the vitality and vigor” of the Chinese Communist Party to achieve its “mission.”
In this context of growing tensions, Taiwan reported last Saturday the presence of Chinese planes and warships around the islandincluding devices that crossed the sensitive median line of the strait, while the Chinese regime continues its military activities three weeks before the elections.
Taiwan, which has a democratic government and is claimed by China as its own territory, has been complaining for four years about Chinese regular military patrols and exercises near the island.
The campaign for the Taiwanese presidential and parliamentary elections on January 13 is already underway. Relations with China are one of the main points of contention.
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry stated that it had detected J-10, J-11 and J-16 fighters, as well as early warning aircraft, operating in the airspace north, central and southwest of Taiwan.
Ten planes crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait, or nearby areascollaborating with Chinese warships to carry out “joint combat readiness patrols,” according to the ministry.
The median line once served as an unofficial barrier between the two sides, but now Chinese planes regularly fly over it. Taiwan sent its own forces to monitor it, according to the ministry.
Lai Ching-teof the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, whom Beijing describes as separatist, He is the favorite to be the next president of Taiwanaccording to the polls.
The main opposition formation, the Kuomintangtraditionally in favor of closer ties with Beijing, has promised to reopen dialogue with the Chinese regime if it wins the elections, but he also affirms that the Taiwanese people are the only ones who can decide their future.
The situation around Taiwan worsened last year, after the visit of the now former president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosiwhich was followed by a visit to Washington by a Taiwanese delegation.
Ties between China and the island of Taiwan, which it considers another province under its sovereignty, were severed in 1949, after the forces of the nationalist Kuomintang party suffered defeat in the civil war against the Communist Party and moved to the archipelago. Relations were reestablished only at a business and informal level in the late 1980s.
(With information from Europa Press and Reuters)