Taiwan ‘Will Never Accept’ One Country, Two Systems Deal With China - President

Taiwan ‘Will Never Accept’ One Country, Two Systems Deal With China - President

Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday Taiwan "must and will be" unified with China while reiterating the process would be "peaceful".

Xi Jinping has insisted that the island would ultimately be reunified with the mainland, and the issue should not be left for future generations to deal with.

"We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means", said Xi, emphasizing that military action could be used to prevent foreign interference and to target independence forces and activities in Taiwan.

President Xi acknowledged the difference in the political systems of China and Taiwan, but dismissed it being an obstacle, saying the one-country-two-systems model will ensure the "social systems and lifestyles of Taiwan compatriots will be fully respected".

On January 1, 1979, China declared an end to what had been routine artillery bombardment of Taiwan-controlled offshore islands close to China and offered to open up communications between the two sides, after decades of hostility.

Instead, unification was "an inevitable requirement for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people", he argued. It was caused by Beijing conducting missile tests over Taiwan's outlying islands in a failed attempt to sway voters not to re-elect Lee Teng-hui, whose high-profile visit to the U.S. had infuriated the mainland government. Tsai accused China of interfering in order to oust her from power because of her outspoken opposition to Taiwanese unification with China.

President Tsai Ing-wen said her island of 23 million people would never accept the "one country, two systems" approach proposed by Beijing.

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"I would like to call on China to face squarely the reality of the existence of the Republic of China on Taiwan", Tsai said in a New Year's Day address, referring to the island's formal name.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen holding a news conference in reaction to Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech in Taipei.

Tsai said Taiwan is willing to talk, but it must be with the approval of the Taiwanese people. As part of the government's New Southbound Policy, visitors from six Southeast Asian countries were allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan if they held a resident card or visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, any European Union or Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the USA that had expired less than 10 years prior to their date of arrival.

"It will only bring more opportunities for other countries". Hong Kong has also banned an independence party, calling it a threat to national security, in a move widely seen as bending to Chinese dictates. The KMT generally interprets the consensus as maintaining the status quo rather than adopting a "one country, two systems" framework.

MOFA urged the global community to maintain its support for Taiwan and help it to continue to serve as a beacon in the Asia-Pacific region.

The first so-called Taiwan crisis happened four years later, when the PLA began shelling the islands of Quemoy, also known as Kinmen, and Tachen as the Nationalists - led by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek - dug in and reinforced their defences on the islands.

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