Beijing has proposed greater economic cooperation with the self-governing island to ease growing tensions.
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has outlined an economic integration plan for Taiwan, while deploying a historically large fleet of warships and aircraft around the self-governing island.
Released on Tuesday by the CPC Central Committee and the State Council in Beijing, the proposal was presented as a “plan” for the future development of Taiwan. Under this plan, the coastal province of Fujian would become a “demonstration area” for the integrated development of Taiwan.
The proposal plans to allow Taiwanese residents to live, work and study on the mainland, initially in Fujian. Taiwanese companies would also be allowed to hang their shingles in the neighboring province and would be encouraged to list their shares on Chinese stock exchanges.
Tensions across the Taiwan Strait have escalated in recent years amid growing fears of a Chinese attack on the island. Washington has stepped up arms sales to Taipei and U.S. politicians have made controversial visits to the island. China, which claims sovereignty over Taiwan, has pledged to reunify with the breakaway province – by force if necessary. Only 13 countries recognize Taiwan as a sovereign country.
“Resolving the Taiwan question and realizing the complete reunification of the motherland is the steadfast historical task of the Communist Party of China, the common aspiration of all the Chinese people, and the inevitable condition for realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.” » declared the CCP in its proposal.
Taiwanese lawmaker Wang Ting-yu, a member of the island’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, called the project an integration “ridiculous.” Speaking in a video message on Wednesday, he said: “China should think about how it can settle its bad debts, but not how it can carry out united front work against Taiwan. »
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