The People’s Republic of China president gave a strident speech Sunday celebrating the crushing of Hong Kong democracy and COVID-19.
President Xi Jinping, 69, addressed 2,300 of the Chinese Communist Party’s most powerful members in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
Jinping seemed in search of a political hat trick in his address. After claiming success in Hong Kong and controlling coronavirus, he turned to Taiwan. The island nation of Taiwan belongs to the PRC, President Jinping claims, according to a Daily Wire report.
“The wheels of history are rolling on towards China’s reunification and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” Jinping said in his two-hour speech. “Complete reunification of our country must be realized.”
The PRC leader noted “rapid changes in the international situation,” which experts inferred meant China’s increasing alienation from the West and burgeoning alliance with Russia, the report noted.
The Communist Party elite in the audience cheered wildly after their president mentioned Taiwan “reunification”, according to the report. Although he pledged to try to achieve the goal peacefully, he reiterated his country’s position that they have not ruled out use of force to bring Taiwan back into the fold.
“We will never promise to renounce the use of force and we reserve the option of taking all measures necessary,” he said.
Aggressive expansion of China’s sphere of influence in the South China Sea has led to conflicts with neighboring nations like Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.
China now perceives the U.S. as a declining superpower whom they have less to fear, according to a former ambassador to Beijing.
Rhetoric about Taiwan has been increasing in recent years as the Communist regime aims to swallow a large area outside internationally-recognized territorial limits.
The U.S. depends heavily on integrated circuits manufactured in Taiwan, where Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company leads the world in computer chip manufacture. TSMC produces approximately 90 percent of the world’s advanced computer chips, according to a Compound Semiconductor News report.
A military takeover of Taiwan by the PRC would leave U.S. companies at the mercy of the Communist country that would then decide what countries to sell computer chips to.