Chinese President Xi Jinping calls on armed forces to be ‘battle-ready’

China amps up military over South China Sea, Taiwan and US trade tensions

Taiwan president calls for support to defend democracy

China's President Xi Jinping had said in a speech on Wednesday that he wanted to enforce the "reunification" of China, if necessary also with violence.

Taiwan's leader, President Tsai Ing-wen has also appealed for global solidarity to protect the country's democratic values, as she rebuffed President Xi's call that Taiwan "will and must be" reunified with China.

Xi has been touting the "one country, two systems" model for Taiwan.

"So when a country like us faces difficulties and threats, we hope that the global community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us", she said, referring to threats from the Chinese regime to use the military to force the island into its control.

Yet, with a potent tariff war between America and China being ongoing and media reports focusing on growing religious persecution in this nation, then Xi needs to contain his rhetoric. To the KMT, that means "Republic of China", the island's official title, and to Beijing, it stands for the People's Republic of China.

"The two sides, represented by the KMT and Beijing, held talks in Hong Kong in 1992 to discuss document accreditation and public notary, but their talks were hampered by thorny political disputes", he said, adding that in the end the KMT side came up with two options to try to resolve the dispute. "Therefore no consensus was actually reached at that time".

In 2004, he entered the Executive Yuan, or Cabinet, when he was appointed a minister without portfolio during the administration of President Chen Shui-bian, and also doubled as a Cabinet spokesman.

Su has admitted that he came up with the term before the KMT transferred power to the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with the objective of keeping cross-strait talks and exchanges going.

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The bellicose comments by Xi come on top of the leader of China threatening Taiwan that elites in Beijing had the right to retake the territory of Taiwan.

"I urge the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to intervene and call on countries in the region to engage in outbreak prevention", Tsai said.

President Xi Jinping of China needs to focus on statecraft because issues related to Xinjiang, Tibet, and territorial disputes all threaten to derail the worldwide outreach of this nation.

He said: "The context in which this is occurring has changed".

While Mr Xi said he would use military force if necessary, he was relatively reserved compared to early a year ago when, speaking of Taiwan, he declared China would never cede "a single inch of our land" and was ready to fight "a bloody battle against our enemies".

Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Taipei on January 5, 2019.

In response, Tsai has said the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" political arrangement with China, while stressing all negotiations needed to be carried out on a government-to-government basis.

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