Taiwan condemns China’s peaceful ‘reunification’ pledge – Times of India

Taipei/Beijing: Taiwan will never allow China to “interfere” in its future, the government said on Wednesday, a Chinese government spokesman said Beijing Was ready to do everything possible to strive for a peaceful “reunification” with the island.
China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its territory. Taiwan’s government rejected China’s claims of sovereignty.
China has been conducting military exercises near Taiwan since early last month after US House speaker Nancy Pelosic Visited Taipei, including firing missiles into the waters near the island, although activities have since returned.
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, told a news conference in Beijing ahead of the next five-year Communist Party Congress next month that China is ready to make the greatest effort to achieve a peaceful “reunification”.
“The homeland must be reunited and will inevitably be reunited,” Ma said.
Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said the future of the island was to be decided by 23 million people.
“It does not allow any interference by the other side of the Taiwan Straits,” it said in a statement.
The council said that China uses illegal military exercises and legal and economic retaliation to coerce the people of Taiwan, with the council terming Beijing’s behavior as “disgusting”.
China has proposed a “one country, two systems” model for Taiwan, similar to the formula under which the former British colony of Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
Ma said that Taiwan may have a “social system different from the mainland” that ensures that their way of life is respected, including religious freedom, but that it does not “protect national sovereignty, security and development interests”. under the pre-condition of ensuring”.
All mainstream Taiwanese political parties have rejected that proposal and, according to opinion polls, it has almost no public support, especially after Beijing imposed a national security law on Hong Kong in 2020 when the city was sometimes called violent. Was rocked by anti-government and anti-China. Oppose.
“The Taiwanese people have already categorically rejected this,” the Mainland Affairs Council said.
China has also never given up on the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, passing a law in 2005 that gives the country a legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or is about to do so. looks like.
China has refused to talk to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen since she first took office in 2016, believing she is a separatist. He has repeatedly offered to talk on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
But Tsai’s predecessor Ma Ying-jeou held a historic meeting with the Chinese president Xi Jinping in Singapore in 2015.
Speaking at the same news conference, Qiu Caming, head of the research department at the Communist Party’s Taiwan Work Office, said that Xi-Ma’s meeting showed his “strategic flexibility” towards Taiwan.
They “showed the world that the Chinese people on both sides of the strait are completely intelligent and capable of solving our own problems”, he said.
Taiwan’s government maintains that since the island has never been ruled by the People’s Republic of China, its claims to sovereignty are void.