Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday vowed to take control of Taiwan and advocated the “one country, two systems” policy.
During the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) in Beijing, the Chinese president said, “Resolving the Taiwan question is a matter for the Chinese, a matter that must be resolved by the Chinese.”
As per an Anadolu Agency report, Jinping further added China will continue to work for peaceful reunification with full honesty and effort, but cannot pledge to refrain from using force. He also stated that China holds the right to take any necessary measures.
He further added, “This is directed solely at interference by outside forces and the few separatists seeking ‘Taiwan independence’ and their separatist activities; it is by no means targeted at our Taiwan compatriots.”
Xi also added that China will keep promoting cross-Strait cultural and economic exchanges and cooperation.
“The policy of ‘One Country, Two Systems is a great innovation of socialism with Chinese characteristics”, and “this policy must be adhered to over the long term,” the president said.
“Our future is bright, but we still have a long way to go,” he said.
Regarding Hong Kong and Macau, Xi stated that China will faithfully implement the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy, under which the people of Hong Kong administer Hong Kong and the people of Macao administer Macao, both with a significant degree of autonomy.
Xi said, “China will continue to support law-based governance in Hong Kong and Macao.”
Xi Jinping also outlined important tenets for establishing a “modern socialist China” in all aspects.
Tensions between China and Taiwan rose last month following the unexpected visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the self-ruled island, which the Chinese government saw as America’s biggest provocation.