the longer the Taiwanese feel threatened by China’s military carries out maneuvers in the Western Pacific. Now China’s President has threatened Xi Jinping to the island in his new year’s address. He wanted to force the reunification, if necessary also with violence. China must and will be re-United, said Xi, according to Xinhua news Agency, in a speech in the Great hall of the people in Beijing.

China wants to achieve a peaceful reunification, but “no room for separatist activities,” said Xi. “We give no promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the right to take all necessary means,” he said. According to the “New York Times” said Xi, China would accept the religious and legal freedoms of the Taiwanese people in a re – United China in a kind of “one country, two systems”framework.

The dispute over the Status of Taiwan goes back to the civil war in China, as the troops of the Chinese Kuomintang, after its defeat by Mao’s Communists, fled to Taiwan. Since the founding of the people’s Republic in 1949, Beijing considers the island Republic, which keeps itself democratic elections as a breakaway country, and threatening a reconquest. There is a separate Parliament and government ministries, but is only recognized by 17 countries internationally as a separate state.

Taiwan wants to make no concessions in terms of autonomy

In her new year’s address on Tuesday, Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-said-to-Whom, that their country was not ready, “our sovereignty or to make concessions in terms of autonomy”. Meanwhile, she has rejected, according to several news agencies, the Xi proposed the “one country, two systems”framework. They would not accept that and be proud of their democracy, she said, according to the Reuters news Agency.

The relationship of Taiwan and China had deteriorated recently. Actually, there is since 1992 a vague consensus that both belong to “one China”, even if they have different interpretations of it. The former President of Taiwan, Ma Ying Jeou, had driven the approach to China and, above all, economic interdependence is promoted.

in 2016, but Tsai Ing-wen won the presidential elections. It belongs to the progressive party DPP, which has its roots in the independence movement. Tsai wants to maintain the Status quo, with regard to China, but a confrontational course. She refuses the One-China principle, recognize that Taiwan is inextricably linked with the people’s Republic.

The Taiwanese government had announced a few months ago, the military spending in the coming year, significantly raise the protection of the island. In the coming year, the Budget should include approximately eleven billion US dollars 588 million dollars more than in 2018. It would create new weapons, “to increase our defense force quickly,” it was said from the Ministry.

meeting of US and Chinese ship in the South China sea

so Far, the US has One-China policy was officially applied, to Taiwan, but “robust unofficial” relationships. The US government has sent in the past year, several times warships to the Strait of Taiwan to show their support for Taiwan. In June 2018, the United States had invested 250 million Dollars in an unofficial Embassy in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei.

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