Insisting that Taiwan is not a sovereign nation but just a break-away province of China, Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the Taiwanese people to re-unite with the Chinese, under a one-country-two-systems basis. Going a step further, the Chinese President warned that China has the right to use military force in Taiwan, if it deems necessary.
He also warned that independence would bring nothing but hardship for the people of Taiwan adding Beijing would never tolerate any form of activity promoting Taiwanese independence.
Instead, unification was “an inevitable requirement for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people”, he argued. He also stressed that relations with Taiwan were “part of China’s domestic politics” and that “foreign interference is intolerable”.
However reacting to the statement of the Chinese President, Tsai Ing-wen, the President of Taiwan said, “I want to reiterate that Taiwan will never accept ‘one country, two systems’. The vast majority of Taiwanese public opinion also resolutely opposes ‘one country, two systems’, and this is also the ‘Taiwan consensus’.”
“I would like to call on China to face squarely the reality of the existence of the Republic of China on Taiwan,” Ms Tsai said, referring to the island’s formal name. China should “respect the insistence of 23 million people on freedom and democracy, and must use peaceful, on parity means to handle our differences”, she added.
Ever since the revolution in 1949, which saw the country’s nationalist government getting replaced by communists, Taiwan has operated like an independent country. Yet China, from the beginning has been persuading to make the island a part of the Chinese political mainland again.