China to Redouble Efforts to ″Peacefully Reunify Taiwan″ | The World | D.W.

Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang, of the Taiwan Affairs Office, told a press conference in Beijing that the country is willing to make “all possible efforts” to achieve a “peaceful reunification.”

“Mother Earth must be reunified and will inevitably be reunified,” settled Ma, less than a month before the start of the 20th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC). And she added, as is usual in the statements of all Chinese spokesmen, that “China’s determination to safeguard its territory is unwavering.”

“Peaceful, democratic and good reunification for both”

According to Ma, both parties will be able to “benefit” from a “peaceful, democratic and good-for-both reunification” consistent with the application of the “One country, two systems” principle, such as the one that governs Beijing’s relations with Hong Kong.

But whether relations across the Taiwan Strait are “peaceful and stable” depends “on their authorities abandoning independence ideas,” the spokesman added.

The statements coincide with others from a spokesman for the Eastern Command of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who assured that his units are on “high alert” due to the passage of two warships, belonging to the US and Canadian navies, which sailed on Tuesday (09.20.2022) through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait, in the second of these transits carried out by the US in a month.

Increased Chinese military maneuvers

On the sidelines, the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense denounced on Tuesday the presence of nine planes and five Chinese military ships in the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Monday, of which four aircraft crossed the so-called median line of the Taiwan Strait.

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On Saturday, Taiwan denounced another Chinese raid for its ADIZ, with the novelty of having detected the presence for the first time of a new type of armed surveillance drone, a CH-4.

The median line of the Strait of Formosa, which in practice is an unofficial border tacitly respected by Taipei and Beijing in recent decades, has been constantly crossed in recent weeks by Chinese forces during military exercises. In the last year the number of Chinese incursions has increased, actions that have been condemned by both Taiwan and the United States.

These movements reached their peak in frequency in October last year, when Beijing was celebrating the anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, so it now remains to be seen if they will continue during the 20th Congress of the CCP that begins on October 16 and in in which the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, is running for an unprecedented third term among his immediate predecessors.

Apple of contention between China and the US

The visit at the beginning of August by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, deeply irritated the Chinese government, which has responded with economic sanctions and the announcement of military maneuvers in the waters surrounding Taiwan.

China claims sovereignty over the island and has considered Taiwan a rebellious province since the Kuomintang nationalists withdrew there in 1949 after losing the civil war against the communists.

Taiwan, with whom the US does not maintain official relations, is one of the main sources of conflict between China and the US, mainly because Washington is the main supplier of weapons to the island and would be its greatest military ally. in case of war conflict with the Asian giant.

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