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    China's President Warns Taiwan Against Moves Toward Independence

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed on a large screen during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, March 5, 2016. Xi issued a strong warning to Taiwan and its incoming, independence-leaning government.
    Chinese President Xi Jinping is displayed on a large screen during the opening session of the annual National People's Congress in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, March 5, 2016. Xi issued a strong warning to Taiwan and its incoming, independence-leaning government.
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    Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a strong warning to Taiwan and its incoming, independence-leaning government.

    According to the official Xinhua news agency, Xi told delegates at the annual meeting of China's parliament Sunday that Beijing would "resolutely contain Taiwan independence secessionist activities in any form," and would never allow the "historical tragedy" of a split to occur again.

    China and Taiwan have been split since 1949 when Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist forces fled the mainland after losing the civil war to Mao Zedong's communist army. Beijing considers self-ruled Taiwan a renegade province, and vows to bring the island back under its control – by force, if necessary.

    Located about 180 kilometers off China's southeastern coast, the island was under Japanese colonial rule until the end of World War II in 1945. 

    Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters as they celebrate her election victory at the party's headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 16, 2016.
    Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen waves to supporters as they celebrate her election victory at the party's headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan, Jan. 16, 2016.

    Xi's warning is the latest issued to the self-ruled island since Tsai Ing-wen – the head of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party – won the presidency in January and led the DPP to a landslide legislative majority.

    Tsai has said she wanted to maintain the current status of peace and stability between Beijing and Taipei after she took office in May.

    Outgoing Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou signed a series of economic agreements with mainland China as leader of the pro-Beijing Nationalist party, and held a landmark summit with Xi Jinping in Singapore in November; the first face-to face meeting between the two sides since the 1949 civil war.

    But an effort to push a controversial trade agreement through the legislature last year was met with violent protests by demonstrators angry over what they believed was Beijing's growing influence on the island.

    Some material for this report came from AP and Reuters.

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    by: william li from: canada
    March 07, 2016 2:16 PM
    Taiwan is part of China, period.
    China will use any measure to protect her territory integrity. Dont even think about separating from China, I would never end well. It is the red line you cant cross, because behind this red line there is nukes. Yes USA can nuke China too, but you cant survive either. Simple like that. It is non negotiable!

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 07, 2016 10:16 AM
    Threats of war by Russia and China are familiar tactics by governments whose blunders are leading to pending economic collapse. It diverts attention of the majority of the population to fear and hate "the external enemy" rather than their real enemy which is their own government.

    by: lone eagle from: Bangkok, Thailand
    March 06, 2016 9:49 PM
    Xi Jinping's outburst concerning Taiwan is more for domestic consumption, especially for it's gerontocracy dominated corruption ridden Communist Party that is fearful of becoming irrelevant.

    Taiwan is a successful democratic republic with a per capita GDP of $47,500 (PPP) versus the PRC's $14, 300 (PPP). The percent of Taiwanese below the poverty line is 1.5% versus the PRC's at 6.1% and that is only because the PRC set the new poverty line below an annual income of $400.

    Taiwan is a clear demonstration to Jiang Xi and the Communist leaders of the PRC that when compared to Taiwan their political system is a failure whose days are numbered.



    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 06, 2016 8:34 PM
    American Eskimo, the US is never too broke or has too many problems to fight a war or two. Even in the great depression the US geared up and fought two wars, one in Europe and the other in Asia at the same time. It not only fought the Nazis it rescued Britain, supplied the USSR while it was fighting the Japanese at the same time. The USSR's job was to move its industries behind the Urals while sending millions of bodies for the Nazis to shoot at pinning down 60 German divisions while the US won the war attacking the Nazis from the South and eventually the West after bombing their industries. Oh did I forget to mention that Britain lost WWII having been mere weeks away from surrender when the US came to its rescue and while the US was bombing Nazi industries Britain was bombing German cities which turned out to be a useless strategy?

    I don't know which was a greater problem for General Patton, the Wehrmacht or Field Marshal Montgomery. At one point Eisenhower considered telling Churchill to replace Montgomery because he was so much trouble.

    The US is on station in the Pacific and in a non nuclear war, China would quickly and easily be defeated. Their military is no match for America's.

    by: Peter from: TAIWAN
    March 06, 2016 8:06 PM
    The cruel truth to Taiwanese is that, the US can no longer deliver its promise of protecting Taiwan even if Taiwan maintains status quo. China is getting much stronger with missiles that can destroy any fleet coming close to south China sea. Considering the anti-war sentiment and low esteem of Americans today, Taiwan has to walk on the way of produce its own weapons to deter China's attempt. China will pay its price if it dares to invade Taiwan. If China should learn anything from the US, it should be Vietnam war and ISIS.

    by: Jason Alexander from: Chicago, Illinois
    March 06, 2016 2:57 PM
    It's not rocket science. It says right on the Taiwanese passport: Taiwan, Republic of China. Taiwan is not independent. Taiwan was absorbed into China many decades ago. On top of this, Chinese propaganda/education has taught young Mainland Chinese to believe that Chiang Kai-Shek was a bad man. If the South had won the American Civil War, the South would have said the same thing about Abraham Lincoln and America would not be taking down Confederate Battle flags... Different strokes for different folks... Just let them be.

    by: American Eskimo from: San Jose, USA
    March 06, 2016 12:11 PM
    The COMMIE China will be reluctant to kill her own kind but if Formosa is banking on USA's support and declare independence. Formosa better thinks twice if USA will come to her recuse if she break the status quo.
    USA economy is not in the BEST state to wage a new war in Asia and USA military is spreading too thin maintaining all the wars she started the world over.
    There are domestic problems at the home front such as income disparities, disappearing middle class, deteriorating highways, bridges, hospitals, schools, matter of black lives, Native American welfare, illegal immigrant well being, etc. to pay attention to instead of foreign wars.
    USA hails itself as the greatest democracy, a beacon of economic success and champion of human right, nothing can be farther from the truth. USA is inching toward a mix of aristocracy, plutocracy and oligarchy and drifting away from democracy
    This is very hard for those blind patriots to face the fact that USA will end like the Roman Empire with too much foreign wars. The arm industries is bleeding USA to death.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 06, 2016 10:12 AM
    And what will the Commies do if Taiwan declares independence, attack? Invade? They don't know what the US response will be but it will not be good. It might be military, it will surely be economic. It's a war China can't win. Taiwan should be an independent nation as should Tibet. What's the problem China, not enough land already? Look at what you did to your own economy. It's like a spooky ghost, a haunted house with countless vast empty cities. Are we witnessing China's last gasp?

    by: Eric from: Rhode Island
    March 06, 2016 9:55 AM
    The best long term policy for Taiwan, is to maintain the status quo. Pushing for full independence would invite a hostile reaction that would possibly end in Taiwan being absorbed by China. There is no interest, on this side of the Pacific, in getting involved in an armed conflict over an issue like this.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 06, 2016 9:30 AM
    Since Kosovo, everybody can declare themselves to be an unauthorized unrecognized independent state anymore, as long as one of the three super powers support them, [but], why would Taiwan upset the status quo now when they are not being persecuted, because without the trade with the Chinese motherland, the Taiwan economy would tank and bring Taiwan to 3rd world status, and no amount of US money could prevent it? .. Keep the status quo? .. for the future of Taiwan? .. Where tomorrow will be like today and yesterday?

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