China is huge, Taiwan is small, but China does not want to accept the independence of the island. Now the Chinese president has threatened by force.
The president of China Xi Jinping announced that he will force the unification of China with Taiwan democratic, if necessary by force. China must and will meet, Xi said, according to the official Xinhua news agency in a speech in the Great People's Hall in Beijing. An association is "inevitable". An independent Taiwan contradicts the trend of history.
China wants to achieve peaceful unification, but leaves "room for separatist activities," Xi said. "We do not promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the opportunity to take all necessary measures," he added.
Exceptional state of the island
The dispute over the status of Taiwan stems from the civil war in China when Kuomintang's national troops fled to Taiwan after the defeat of the Communists of Mao. From the official institution of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Beijing considered the Republic of Taiwan, which in turn holds democratic elections, as a renegade country and threatens to regain it.
International status is extraordinary. Few states recognize Taiwan as an independent state, especially not to upset the People's Republic of China. Many states, including Germany, have informal relationships. Beijing has recently stepped up Taiwan's international isolation. Among the smaller states that have diplomatically recognized Taiwan, Beijing has been able to win over five on its side.
In his New Year speech Tuesday, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen said his country was not ready to "renounce our sovereignty or make concessions on autonomy".