China says it will resolutely deter any separatist activity in Taiwan but is committed to promoting the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait.
Almost all countries around the world recognize China's sovereignty over Taiwan, but Beijing is increasingly worried by “collusion” between Taipei and Washington, Taiwan’s main arms supplier.
Speaking at the opening of the annual meeting of China’s parliament with 3,000 delegates at Great Hall of the People, Premier Li Keqiang said Friday Beijing stands by the “one China” principle which declares that Taiwan is part of China.
China, he said, remains committed “to promoting the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait and China’s reunification”.
“We will promote exchanges, cooperation and integrated development across the Taiwan Strait. Together we can shape a bright future of rejuvenation for our great nation,” he said.
Li, however, stressed that China "will remain highly vigilant against and resolutely deter any separatist activity seeking Taiwan independence”.
Ignoring China's sovereignty over Taiwan, Washington has removed some of the restrictions on official contacts with Taipei and stepped up arms and military support for Taiwan in recent years.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday the United States is the “biggest threat” to his country’s development and security.
“The biggest source of chaos in the present-day world is the United States,” the Chinese president said. “The United States is the biggest threat to our country’s development and security.”
Neverthelss, "the East is growing and the West is declining,” President Xi added.
His remarks came after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed that China was the main “geopolitical challenge” of the 21st century.
Ties between Washington and Beijing particularly soured under former US presient Donald Trump, who clashed with China on trade, technology, and regional security, among other things.
The new Biden administration does not seem to plan to pursue a different path with Beijing, describing China as Washington’s “most serious competitor,” and saying the US would continue to confront what he has called China’s “attack on human rights, intellectual property and global governance”.
Beijing has rejected those charges and repeatedly said that the US must stop interfering in its internal affairs.