News ID: 324268
Published: 0327 GMT September 21, 2022

China willing to make effort for peaceful 'reunification' with Taiwan

China willing to make effort for peaceful 'reunification' with Taiwan

Honour guards lower the Taiwan flag during sunset hours at Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan, on July 28, 2022.

China is willing to make the utmost effort to strive for a peaceful "reunification" with Taiwan, a Chinese government spokesperson said on Wednesday amid heightened tensions between the two sides following a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

China claims Taiwan as its own territory. Taiwan's government rejects China's sovereignty claims and says only the island's people can decide their future, according to Reuters.

China has been carrying out drills near Taiwan since early last month, after Pelosi visited Taipei, including firing missiles into waters near the island.

Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, told a news conference in Beijing ahead of next month's once-in-five-years Communist Party congress that China was willing to make the greatest efforts to achieve peaceful "reunification".

"The motherland must be reunified and will inevitably be reunified," Ma said.

China's determination to safeguard its territory is unwavering, he added.

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 Taiwan could have a "social system different from the mainland" that ensured their way of life was respected, including religious freedoms, but that was "under the precondition of ensuring national sovereignty, security, and development interests".

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, and in 2005 passed a law giving the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to.

China has refused to talk to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen since she first took office in 2016, believing she is a separatist.






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