Xi Jinping renewed his threat to Taiwan, saying that “China’s reunification is essential”

Xi Jinping applauds at the closing of the Assembly (via Reuters) (POOL /)

the president of china, Xi Jinpingproclaimed this Monday that “reunification” with Taiwan is “essential for China’s revitalization”during a speech delivered at the closing session of the National People’s Assembly (ANP, Legislative), the main political event in the country every year.

Xi assured that reunification is “a common aspiration of the Chinese nation” and stressed the need to “oppose external forces” and “secessionists”.

The president, re-elected last Friday for a third presidential term (2023-2028) unprecedented among his predecessors, called for upholding the “one China principle” and “adhering to the ‘1992 Consensus’”whereby Taipei and Beijing acknowledge that there is only one China although they differ on which is the ‘real’ one.

Xi also stressed the need to “promote the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait”, after a year in which tensions between Beijing and Taipei reached unprecedented heights in decades during the visit last August to the island of the then Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

“We must fully promote the modernization of the national defense and armed forces, and turn the people’s armed forces into a Great Wall of steel that effectively safeguards the interests of national sovereignty, security and developmentXi declared at the closing session of the country’s top legislative body.

Xi Jinping was sworn in on Friday for his third term (via Reuters)
Xi Jinping was sworn in on Friday for his third term (via Reuters) (POOL/)

“Security is the foundation of development, while stability is a prerequisite of prosperity”, he added.

Taiwan has been governed autonomously under the official name of the Republic of China since 1949, when the KMT nationalists retreated there after losing the Chinese civil war against the communists, so Beijing continues to consider it a rogue province and claims its sovereignty.

Xi became China’s most powerful ruler in generations when the NPC ratified his continuation for another five years as president of the world’s most populous country.

Xi, 69, thanked thousands of delegates at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for the appointment on Monday, vowing to “take the needs of the country as my mission, and the interests of the people as my measure.”

“People’s trust is the greatest driving force, and it is also a great responsibility on my shoulders,” he added.

“The great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered into an irreversible historical process,” he said.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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