Chinese president insists on Taiwan 'reunification,' avoids threat of force

China’s People’s Liberation Army flew 56 aviones frente a la costa suroeste de Taiwán el lunes, estableciendo un nuevo récord y poniendo un tope a cuatro días de presión sostenida que involucra 149 vuelos. Todos estaban en el espacio aéreo internacional, but prompted Taiwanese defense forces to scramble in response and raised fears that any misstep could provoke an unintended escalation.

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Xi’s speech Saturday stressed theglorious traditionof China’s opposition to separation in a noted step back from the stronger promise in July a “smashany attempt at formal independence.

Taiwan independence separatism is the biggest obstacle to achieving the reunification of the motherland, and the most serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation,” Xi said on the anniversary of the revolution that ended imperial China. He stressed that “reunificación” is in the best interests of the Taiwanese people, and China will protect its sovereignty and unity, de acuerdo a Reuters.

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No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s staunch determination, firm will, and strong ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Xi dijo. “The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled.

China took center stage in a week following China’s air force activity and an incident in which a U.S. nuclear submarine struck an object while submerged in the South China Sea. Adicionalmente, El periodico de Wall Street reported this week that a contingent of U.S. Special Operations and Marine forces have been secretly operating out of Taiwan in an effort to train the local military and improve the nation’s defenses.

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Xi’s most recent speech struck an expectedly poor tone with Taiwan, with the presidential office issuing a clear rebuke.

The nation’s future rests in the hands of Taiwan’s people,” la oficina dijo.

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In a separate statement, Taiwan’s China-policy making Mainland Affairs Council called on Beijing toabandon its provocative steps of intrusion, harassment and destructionand return to talks.

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