The regime of Xi Jinping threatened with “fight resolutely“· against taiwan independence and “in favor of the reunification of the homeland”, according to the government action report that the outgoing prime minister read this Sunday, li keqiangduring the inauguration of the annual session of the National People’s Assembly (ANP).
“We have to put into practice the Communist Party Strategy (CCP) on the issue of taiwanthat is, to fight resolutely against their independence and in favor of the reunification of the motherland,” Li said during the speech.
Relations between Beijing and Taipei deteriorated last summer after the visit to the island of the then president of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, that raised the tension in the Strait to unprecedented highs in years.
“We will promote a peaceful development of relations on both sides of the Strait in order to promote a process of peaceful reunification. We have to promote the economic and cultural cooperation between both sides and refine policies aimed at improving the well-being of Taiwanese compatriots,” he added.
According to his report, the Communist Party has already been waging “an important fight against secession” in Taiwan and against the “meddling”, in apparent reference to USAa country that Beijing criticizes as interfering in its internal affairs.
Taiwan, with whom the North American country does not maintain official relations, is one of the largest Reasons for conflict between China and the USmainly because Washington is he main arms supplier of Taiwan and would be its greatest military ally in the event of a war with the Asian giant.
China announced this Sunday that it will increase its defense spending 7.2% this year to the 1.55 trillion yuan (224,384 million dollars) after the game grew 7.1% in 2022, according to a report that Parliament will review in the coming days.
In his speech, Li asserted that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chinese must “boost their combat readiness and military capabilities to achieve the tasks entrusted to them by the Party”.
“The Chinese armed forces have to intensify their training and preparation, develop new military strategic guidelines” or “strengthen military work in all directions and domains.”
Likewise, Li asserted that China will remain “committed to an independent foreign policy and peace.”
“We will continue with our openness strategy for mutual benefit, and we will continue working to safeguard the world peacecontributing to global development and maintaining the international order“, said.
The outgoing Prime Minister did not mention the war in Ukrainebut stressed that the Chinese Security and Global Development initiatives will try to “promote values shared by humanity.”
The “Global Security Initiative” is a project announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in April 2022 that opposes the use of sanctions on the international stage or what Beijing considers “unilateralism”, “bloc confrontation” or “cold war mentality”.
Beijing has set itself an economic growth target of “about a 5 %” for this year.
The objective is as expected by analysts and follows the line established last year, of between 5 and 5.5%, although the second world economy finally grew by 3% after the harsh restrictions and confinements that it imposed within the framework of its “zero COVID” policy’ in the face of the worst waves of infections since the beginning of the pandemic.
“This year, it is essential to prioritize economic stability and seek growth while ensuring stability”, urged Li, who recalled that “the foundations of stable growth (still) need to be consolidated”.
These economic data were presented at the opening of the nine-day parliamentary session which must certify the re-election of Xi Jinping as president for five more years. In October he was already confirmed in his functions as head of the communist party.
The regime of Xi Jinping It has faced some pitfalls in recent months, such as the demonstrations at the end of November against its “zero COVID” policy and later, a wave of deaths after the abandonment of this criticized public health strategy.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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