Taiwan welcomes those resisting China in face of rising pressure

Cheryl Sanders
May 31, 2020

China has threatened to invade Taiwan and take back control by any means necessary, as China claims to be the legitimate successor.

While the Chinese Military Commission leaves the door open to a military takeover of Taiwan, experts suggest that the use military to annex Taiwan is highly unlikely due to mounting divide between the U.S. and China.

The fact that the meeting in Beijing on Friday, presided by the chair of the top legislature, was held immediately after the annual sessions of the top legislature and political advisory body in the Great Hall of the People, and was attended by senior officials from all related departments - from the legislature and judiciary to the military - reflects the significance the State attaches to sending a clear warning to the secessionists and their foreign sponsors not to try Beijing's patience.

They have seriously endangered the vital interests of compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation, seriously undermined cross-Strait peace and stability, and seriously challenged the bottom line for protecting China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said, stressing determined steps to contain and combat such acts.

Meanwhile, other experts like China's National People's Congress deputy and a leading academician - Li Yihu has expressed that the use of armed forces to take over Taiwan will remain as the last resort by Beijing.

"We do not promise to abandon the use of force, and reserve the option to take all necessary measures, to stabilize and control the situation in the Taiwan Strait", he added.

Ma also highlighted the one-China principle, "One Country, Two Systems" principle and the essence of the 1992 Consensus. "Force and unilateral decisions are not the way to resolve problems". If the US insists on jeopardizing China's interests, China will definitely take all necessary measures to fight back. It has denounced China's repeated military drills near the island and rejected China's offer of a "one country, two systems" model of a high degree of autonomy.

Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide in January, vowing to stand up to Beijing.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday visited a Hong Kong bookstore that re-opened in Taipei after its part-owner was abducted to the Chinese mainland, in a show of support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement and opposition to the national security law.

The mood in Taiwan towards China has further soured since China's parliament passed new national security legislation for Chinese-ruled Hong Kong on Thursday.

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