Foreign interference means Beijing must retain the use of force as an option as it seeks to reunite peacefully, he said.
Beijing wants peaceful reunification with Taiwan, but foreign powers meddling in China’s internal affairs and encouraging secession on the self-governing island necessitate the use of force as an option, according to a Chinese white paper.
“We will work with utmost sincerity and exert all our efforts to achieve peaceful reunification. But we will not renounce the use of force and we reserve the right to take all necessary measures. said the policy document, which was released on Wednesday.
Contingency is necessary “to guard against outside interference and all separatist activities”, according to the document, and is not intended “our Chinese compatriots in Taiwan.” Beijing has said it will only resort to violence if compelled to do so in case other parties cross its red lines.
The white paper outlines China’s claim of sovereignty over Taiwan, based on history, international law and the aspirations of the Chinese people. He said cross-Strait relations have improved significantly over the decades. Beijing sees a peaceful reunification under the “one country, two systems” arrangement – which would allow Taipei to preserve its domestic policies – as the ultimate goal of its Taiwanese policy.
The continued escalation of tensions goes against the objectively beneficial path of reconciliation, the Chinese government said, blaming anti-China forces in the United States. They work “to incite groups inside Taiwan to stir up trouble and use Taiwan as a pawn against China”, It said.
“Left unchecked, [this effort] will continue to escalate tensions across the strait, further disrupt China-US relations and seriously harm the interests of the United States itself,” warns the newspaper. beijing “will leave no room for separatist activities in any form” in Taiwan, he added.
Taiwan’s administration led by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party has “adopted a separatist position and joined forces with external forces in successive provocative actions aimed at dividing the country”, said the newspaper.
He compared the separatist push to the capture of Taiwan by Imperial Japan in the late 19th century, which became a rallying point for Chinese nationalism. Any attempt to take the island from China would go against the wishes of the 1.4 billion Chinese people, including the 23 million living in Taiwan itself, the document said.
Taiwan was the last stronghold of Chinese nationalist forces during the civil war of the 1940s, which their communist opponents won. The United States supported the Nationalists and maintained informal relations with Taipei even after transferring diplomatic recognition to Beijing in 1979.
The white paper was released a week after US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan over Beijing’s objections. The trip sparked a diplomatic crisis between the two nations and prompted China to launch military exercises around the island.