Chinese dictator Xi Jinping spoke at the opening ceremony of the Chinese Communist Party’s national convention where he announced that China would build up its military, add more restrictive COVID-19 measures, and continue to strive for reunification with Taiwan.
Xi spoke in front of more than 2,000 CPP delegates who will vote to grant him a third term as Chinese President, an office for which he is running unopposed.
While Taiwan has made it clear that reunification is not an option, Xi made “peaceful reunification” one of his main talking points: “In the face of serious provocations from separatist activities by Taiwan independence forces and interference in Taiwan affairs by external forces, we have resolutely waged a major struggle against separatism and interference, demonstrating our strong determination and ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity and oppose Taiwan independence.”
Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for faster military development and announced no change in policies that have strained relations with Washington and tightened the ruling Communist Party’s control over society and the economy.https://t.co/KjY8CwDxXw
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Xi is one of China’s most influential figures in recent history, and his most recent speech came as the country is struggling on multiple fronts. The economy is slipping, there is major tension between China and the west, and overtures about reunification with Taiwan seem far-fetched.
Even with those “struggles,” the CCP seems more united than ever as Jinping spoke for almost two hours on national television. According to The Blaze, Xi used the phrase “national security” 26 times and made it clear that Taiwan was a part of that plan.
Even as Xi continues to allude to a coming invasion of Taiwan, using the phrase “peaceful reunification” while clearly meaning something else, President Biden has drawn a line in the sand as well. He has stated, on numerous occasions, that an invasion of Taiwan would result in the deployment of U.S. troops to protect the island’s democracy.
Willy Lam, a senior fellow at the Jamestown Foundation, said that Xi’s “stance this morning showed that U.S.-China confrontation will continue.”
The speech, while extolling some Chinese accomplishments over the past few years, was focused more on the future than anything else, and the future that Xi spoke of is one that Americans do not want to see.