Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Taiwan ‘Will Never Accept’ One Country, Two Systems Deal With China - President

Taiwan ‘Will Never Accept’ One Country, Two Systems Deal With China - President

An unfinished task for the ruling party on the mainland, Taiwan's unification has always been the ultimate goal for the Beijing leadership, although President Xi's predecessors, were more interested... Tsai accused China of interfering in order to oust her from power because of her outspoken opposition to Taiwanese unification with China.

President Tsai Ing-wen said Tuesday that China must face the fact of the existence of the Republic of Taiwan.

Taiwan's leader rejected his call just hours later.

"The difference in systems is not an obstacle to reunification or an excuse for separation", Xi said.

China seeks the "peaceful unification" of Taiwan but will not rule out the threat of military action, President Xi Jinping said Wednesday as he described the annexation of the self-ruling USA ally as an enduring ambition and an inevitable outcome of China's rise.

The vast majority of Taiwan's people are clearly aware that Taiwan independence would lead to a "grave disaster", Xi told an audience that included Taiwan business people and senior party officials.

She also accused Beijing of provocations that strained people's "emotional connection" to the mainland such as "buying off" Taiwan's few diplomatic allies and increased military drills near the island. "We are willing to use the greatest sincerity and expend the greatest hard work to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification", Xi said.

Beijing will not rule out the use of military force as it seeks the "inevitable" reunification of Taiwan, China's president has said.

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In the wake of Xi's speech, Tsai reiterated these points and called on China to "bravely take steps towards democracy", implying that while she remains president, Taiwan would not be reunited with China under a "one country, two systems" framework.

But uncertainties in cross-strait relations have grown as the political landscape has changed in democratic, self-ruled Taiwan. He promised "lasting peace" and "good and prosperous lives" for the Taiwanese people after unification. "With the great motherland's support, Taiwan compatriots' welfare will be even better, their development space will be even greater", Xi said. Beijing has regularly sent military aircraft and ships to circle the island on drills.

The arrival marked the first time Taiwan has received 11 million overseas visitors in a single year, following 10.7 million visitor arrivals in 2017 and 2016, and 10.4 million visitors in 2015.

In mid-term elections past year, the DPP suffered losses causing Tsai to resign as party leader, while the pro-China opposition rival Kuomintang made gains.

On Jan 1, 1979, China stopped decades of regular artillery bombardment of Taiwan-controlled islands off the mainland.

However, the offer was rebuffed by Taiwan's then-president Chiang Ching-kuo, who in April that year came out with a "three nos" policy of no contact, no compromise and no negotiation with China. As part of the government's New Southbound Policy, visitors from six Southeast Asian countries were allowed visa-free entry to Taiwan if they held a resident card or visa for Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, any European Union or Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the U.S. that had expired less than 10 years prior to their date of arrival.

Chinese Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan in December of 1949 after losing a civil war to the Communists.

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