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China says it aims to ‘contain’ foreign interference over Taiwan this year

China views democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, ignoring the objections of the government in Taipei

By REUTERS
February 24, 2024
A grand national flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, January 1, 2024. — Xinhua/Ren Chao
A grand national flag-raising ceremony at Tian'anmen Square in Beijing, capital of China, January 1, 2024. — Xinhua/Ren Chao

BEIJING: China aims to “contain” foreign interference over Taiwan and “resolutely combat” any efforts towards the island’s formal independence this year, which is the sensitive 75th anniversary of the founding of communist China, state media said on Friday.

China views democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, ignoring the objections of the government in Taipei, and has ramped up political and military pressure to assert those claims.

Taiwan last month elected current Vice President Lai Ching-te as its next president, a man Beijing has called a dangerous separatist. Lai, who takes office in May, has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

China’s official Xinhua news agency said the ruling Communist Party’s fourth-ranked leader, Wang Huning, held a two-day meeting on this year’s Taiwan-related work which ended on Friday.

Wang said that with this year being the 75th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China it was “necessary to do a good job on Taiwan-related work with a high sense of responsibility and mission”, Xinhua said.

China “must resolutely combat the division of Taiwan independence, contain interference from external forces, firmly support the patriotic and reunification forces on the island, unite Taiwan compatriots, and maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”, it cited Wang as saying.