China has made it no secret that they intend to take over Taiwan. They have flown over Taiwanese airspace with warplanes in increasing numbers. But now that Japan has been very vocal in the defense of Taiwan they seem to be backpedaling a bit. So instead of their usual aggressive claims, they are demanding a peaceful reunification. Taiwan saw this and basically said not happening.
The Chinese President’s demand:
“Reunification of the nation must be realized, and will definitely be realized,” Xi vowed before an audience of politicians, military personnel and others gathered in the hulking chamber that serves as the seat of China’s ceremonial legislature.
“Reunification through a peaceful manner is the most in line with the overall interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots,” the leader added.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen’s rebuttal:
“Addressing a rally held to mark Taiwan’s National Day in central Taipei, Tsai said she hoped for an easing of tensions across the Taiwan Strait.
She said her government will not “act rashly”, but said, “there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure”.
Taiwan will “continue to bolster our national defense and demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves in order to ensure that nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us,” she said in the speech outside the presidential office.
“This is because the path that China has laid out offers neither a free and democratic way of life for Taiwan, nor sovereignty for our 23 million people.”
Xi Jinping saw Taiwan’s response and doubled down.
“No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s strong determination, will, and capability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
China is just trying to hide its aggression in civil words now. Taiwan still better watch out. China means business and is likely going to try some underhanded methods to get the island, now that they know they won’t get away with invading.