China promises zero tolerance for ‘separatists’

It is a new warning from Beijing not to leave a “window” on the island’s independence supporters.

On Wednesday, August 10, China vowed not to allow “no spaceto supporters of Taiwan independence, noting that “use of force“To take back the island stayed on the table”the final destination“.

This new warning comes after intensive Chinese military exercises carried out in recent days around the island, in response to a visit to Taipei, the third-ranked American, Nancy Pelosi.

Beijing viewed the residence of the speaker of the House of Representatives as a provocation, as the United States has vowed not to have a formal relationship with the island’s territory claimed by China. The Taiwan Affairs Office, a Chinese government agency, issued, “white bookIt details how Beijing plans to take over the island, including through economic incentives. “We are ready to create a wide space (for cooperation) in order to achieve peaceful reunification“, refers to the document.”But we will not leave room for separatist actions aimed at the false independence of Taiwan.»

China considers Taiwan, with a population of about 23 million, as one of its provinces, which has not yet succeeded in reunification with the rest of its territory since the end of the Chinese Civil War (1949). For seven decades, the communist army was unable to occupy the island, which remained under the control of the Republic of China – the regime that once ruled China and now governs only Taiwan.

“Red lines”

We do not promise to give up the use of force“, confirms the Beijing White Paper, the first on the subject since 2000, before its observations were outlined.”Force will be used as a last resort, in force majeure circumstances. We will have to take drastic measures in the face of provocations by separatists or outside forces, if they cross our red lines.The white paper also holds the promise of economic prosperity afterReunion“So China proposes to strengthen cultural ties in terms of social security or health or even encourage improvement.”Fusion“Economical.”With a strong and reliable homeland, the people of Taiwan will be stronger, more confident, more secure and more respected on the international stage.‘, promises the text.

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Some Taiwanese youth, especially in recent years, have begun to develop an identity different from that of mainland China. A phenomenon encouraged by the Democratic Progressive Party (PDP, pro-independence) of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, who came to power in 2016. Unlike the previous government, Tsai Ing-wen refuses to consider Taiwan and mainland China as part of “theChina is oneA situation that has dramatically deteriorated relations with Beijing. Despite the current tensions, Taiwanese opposition politician Andrew Hsia Li Yan traveled to mainland China on Wednesday where entrepreneurs and students from the island are supposed to meet after quarantine. And the former head of the Taiwanese body responsible for issues related to mainland China, Andrew Hsia Li Yan is the vice-chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT), another major Taiwan party, anti-independence and pro-pragmatic relations with Beijing.

Controversial visit

Not only is the timing wrong” but “In addition, it is an insult to our army, which spares no effort to protect our countryTaiwan’s presidential party denounced on Wednesday. this visit”It sends the wrong message to the international communityFor his part, Tsai Ing-wen denounced his party members. China is consideredseparatist“The party of the Taiwanese president as well as anyone who openly struggles for independence or the weakening of the Chinese identity of the Taiwanese. The Chinese military has conducted its largest-ever military exercise around Taiwan in recent days. It was supposed to end on Sunday, but it continued this week.

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The military finally announced on Wednesday that “All tasks completedindicating their conclusion. Taiwan held its own exercises on Tuesday to rehearse a response to a Chinese attack. “Tsai Ing-wen and the People’s Democratic Party (…) are pushing Taiwan toward the abyss of disaster. They will end up nailed to the repertoire of history!In a statement Wednesday, Tan Kefei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, criticized. “Relations (between Beijing and Taiwan) again face two options for the future. It is up to the Taiwan authorities to make the right decision on which direction to take.»

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