Chinese leader Xi Jinping has ordered his army to prepare for a war that ” must ensure the country’s national security.” He said this during a visit to a military Center in Beijing. ,, Focus all your attention on fighting. The military must be there to ensure national sovereignty and security,” Xi Jinping said.
The Chinese leader did not make his opponent in this war specific, but, according to experts, he is referring to the island of Taiwan, which is considered by China to be a renegade province. Xi had previously expressed his determination to protect his country’s territorial integrity and oppose Taiwan’s independence. ,”We will never agree to cease the use of force against Taiwan,” he said.
An armed confrontation between Taiwan and China is “absolutely not an option,” Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen said earlier . However, she promised to further strengthen the island’s defense and reiterated her willingness to engage in talks with Beijing. ,”I want to make it clear to the Beijing authorities that armed confrontation is absolutely not an option for our two sides. Only by respecting the commitment of the Taiwanese people to our sovereignty, democracy and freedom can there be a basis for resuming constructive interaction across the Taiwan Strait,” Tsai said in her speech.
In her speech, the president compared Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with China’s goal of one day taking Taiwan. ,,We absolutely cannot ignore the challenge that these military expansions pose to the free and democratic world order. The destruction of Taiwan’s democracy and freedom would be a heavy defeat for the world’s democracies.”
It is not the first time Xi has ordered his army to prepare for war. He has done this several times over the past nine years. During a similar visit to the same command center in 2016, he told soldiers to be “loyal and resourceful” and to be ” brave enough to win wars.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin supports China in its stance on Taiwan. ,”We intend to adhere to the principle of ‘One China,’” Putin said. ,”We condemn provocations by the United States in the Taiwan Strait.”According to the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry, the ties between China and Russia pose a threat to World Peace. The international community must resist the “expansion of authoritarianism,” the ministry believes. Taiwan says it ” severely condemns Russia for following the authoritarian expansionist government of the Chinese Communist Party to continue making false statements in international venues that degrade our country’s sovereignty.”
Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held talks in September in the Uzbek city of Samarkand. According to Putin, Russia and China are a ” tandem that plays a key role in global stability.” The president reiterated Russia’s support for China’s claim to Taiwan. The island fears that Beijing will follow the example of Russia, which invaded Ukraine, and also face an invasion.
However, the Government of Taiwan states that China cannot claim the island because Taiwan was never governed by the Chinese Communist government in Beijing. The Chinese communists founded the people’s Republic of China in 1949 after winning a civil war against the nationalists. Those nationalists then formed their own government in the city of Taipei, after fleeing to the island of Taiwan.