President Xi Jinping issued a warning for Taiwan, an island it views as a breakaway province.Taiwan is a self-ruled island, which Beijing claims as its own and vows to unite it with China.
The democratic island of Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) is separated from mainland China (the People’s Republic) by a thin stretch of water and has been self-governed since a bloody civil war ended in 1949.
“All acts and tricks to split the motherland are doomed to failure and will be condemned by the people and punished by history,” Xi said Tuesday at the close of the National People’s Congress, Beijing’s rubber-stamp legislature.
“Not a single inch of our land will be or can be ceded from China,” Xi said on the concluding day of the annual session of the National’s People’s Congress – China’s parliament.
“We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies,” Xi said at the Great Hall.
The warning follows a controversial law that allows Xi to rule over the country for life
China fears secession by Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Though both Taipei and Beijing view the island as part of China, neither government recognizes the legitimacy of the opposing side, with Beijing warning that it could retake the island by force if necessary.
People in Hong Kong — a former British colony and now a special administrative region of China – resent growing interference by Beijing.
Xi’s views were echoed by Prime Minister Li Keqiang.
“China is resolute in upholding its own territorial integrity and will not abandon an inch of its own land. China will not take and occupy an inch of land of others,” Li said in a pre