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Chinese leader demands unification with Taiwan

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/02/19, 11:53 am

Chinese President Xi Jinping in a policy speech on Wednesday called for Taiwan to unify with China, saying no one could stop the trend toward unification and that independence for the island nation is not an option. “We are willing to create a vast space for peaceful unification, but we will never leave any room for any sort of Taiwan independence separatist activities,” he said.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen rejected Xi’s “one country, two systems” proposal, which would leave Taiwan as part of China but with a degree of autonomy, similar to the arrangement with the territory of Hong Kong after it rejoined the country in the late 1990s. “China must face the fact of the existence of Taiwan, Republic of China, and not deny the system of a democratic country that has been commonly built up by the Taiwanese people,” she said, adding that her country is willing to talk but that the Taiwanese people must approve.

Taiwan has been politically separate from China since the Communist Party came to power during the civil war in 1949, when the Nationalists set up their own government on the island 100 miles off the coast of the mainland. Tsai has consistently refused to endorse any designation of Taiwan as part of China.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 01/02/2019 07:31 pm

    I greatly hope we as a Nation do not decide to abandon Taiwan (the Republic of China). 

    Is it possible we could decide, “we will not defend the right of a long-time ally to decide for themselves what government they will live under.”  Would be as shameful as our abandonment of South Vietnam to the Communist North VietNamese invaders. And that situation, imo, had a lot more complicated history of US failure to take the correct actions. 

    The USA was once great, then we became great AND powerful, then we became merely powerful. I fear it is not going to be long before we are neither great nor powerful, but will become a swamp of immorality and self-centeredness, insignificant on the world stage, probably to be divided among those in the world with a will to own us, like Russia and China. 

    We will roll over and allow it with little fight, I imagine. 

    I believe our end is an immediate precursor to the events that culminate in the return of the Lord. These are all only my speculations. 

    Yes, I WANT the return of the Lord, nevertheless I hope I absolutely HAVE  NOT been given true prophecy concerning the US decline and how these things come about!

  • John Kloosterman
    Posted: Thu, 01/03/2019 11:38 am

    Here's hoping our glorious leader doesn't decide we've been too long defending Taiwan and pull our troops out in exchange for some tariffs.