Emperor Xi Delivers Stark Warning To Trump: Hands Off Taiwan

President Donald Trump may have kicked the hornet's nest by signing on Friday the "Taiwanese Travel Act", encouraging official visits to Taiwan by officials at all levels with an emphasis on "national security officials."

The signing angered the newly crowned Chinese President Emperor Xi Jinping, who lashed out at Trump and the US during a speech on Tuesday marking the start of his second term running the world's most populous country. Xi warned that attempts to sow divisions between China and Taiwan would be "punished by history".

His speech follows Chinese bureaucrats' rubber-stamping changes to the constitution that could allow Xi to serve as leader for life, or as some have correctly defined it, emperor.

"Any actions or tricks to separate the country are bound to fail," Xi said. "They will receive the condemnation of the people and the punishment of history."

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"We cannot allow, and it is impossible for, an inch of our great country’s territory to separate from China," said Mr. Xi.

Also, several close Xi allies have been confirmed in senior government posts - though Xi somewhat unexpectedly named Yi Gang the next chairman of the People's Bank of China, a veteran deputy governor whose only task it appears is to preserve continuity. China's legislature also approved former anti-graft czar Wang Qishan as vice president and economic adviser Liu He - poised to become China's financial superregulator - as vice premier.

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Xi warned in his speech that China has the means to retaliate against attempts to divorce Taiwan from the mainland, per Bloomberg.

In an address to China’s almost 3,000-member national parliament, Xi said China had the capabilities to stop any attempt to formalize the democratically ruled island’s independence. The remarks came just days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a law allowing high-level official visits to Taiwan, a move that would elevate its diplomatic status.

"All acts and schemes to split China are doomed to failure and will be condemned by the people and punished by history," Xi told the closing session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. "The Chinese people have the firm will, full confidence and sufficient ability to defeat all activities to split the country."

The remarks on Taiwan were part of a roughly 40-minute speech in which Xi repeatedly emphasized the importance of “the people’s” support for the Communist Party’s rule. The president said public backing was fundamental to achieving his goal of becoming a global power by 2050.

One academic who spoke with Bloomberg said the speech constituted an "official warning" from the People's Republic of China: Don't interfere in mainland-Taiwan relations.

"This is an official warning from China’s top leader to the U.S. and Taiwan," said Wang Jiangyu, an international law professor at the National University of Singapore. "It’s an announcement that China will never compromise on Taiwan-related issues."

While Trump and Xi have maintained the appearance of a cordial relationship, the two men have clashed on issues ranging from Taiwan to trade. As a reminder, just days after his electoral victory, Trump inadvertently offended the Communist Party by accepting a congratulatory phone call from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen who has repeatedly antagonized the mainland after her predecessor, Ma Ying-jeou, pushed for closer social and economic ties. That call, as it was later revealed, was actually the result of a months-long lobbying push spearheaded by former Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.

Tsai has refused to endorse China's "One China" framework, which stipulates that Taiwan is essentially a province. Trump initially signaled support for the doctrine after the phone-call incident, but has also recently taken a tougher stance against Beijing. The new legislation will raise Taiwan's profile in Washington by allowing reciprocal visits between diplomats of both countries, per the Wall Street Journal.

Xi consolidated his power during a quinquennial meeting of China's rubberstamp legislature back in November. At the time, he was unanimously reelected for a second term, and his name was added to the Chinese constitution - making him the first living leader, and only the third since Mao Zedong, to have their name added to the constitution. At the meeting, analysts noted that the lack of a clear successor in the Politburo suggested that Xi will run for at least one more term.

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giovanni_f two hoots Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:21 Permalink

China: If anything goes wrong in the next 10 years, the Chinese know who to blame: The emperor. Same for Russia.

United States of Amurica: Everything will go wrong in the next 10 years. But because it is the most awesome Chimocrausy ever (MACE) nobody can and will be held accountable. Same for the other great democracies like Malta, Kongo, Ukraine or Germany.

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lonesome foghorn giovanni_f Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:37 Permalink

+100

Democracy has died in most of the West, except sort of, kinda, in places that don't really count, like Canada.

We go on pretending, while China and Russia just get down to business and it's the results that count. Results like all those new weapon systems Vlad is showing off. Built on a tiny budget compared to the Pentagon.

We are the late Roman Empire. Sad.

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straightershooter Tachyon5321 Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:37 Permalink

Well, may be....or may be not.

Look, Xi's gonna beat up Trump for challenging One China Policy. Certainly, Xi can't punish Trump directly, but he certainly can beat up US corporations instead. Say, Citi or BOA applies for new lucrative business expansion in China. Well, guess what xi's deputy would say: application denied unless and until you close down all business activities in Taiwan. It is one china policy. Same goes for all US companies: IBM, Boeing, GE, Ford...you name it.

So, Trump may have achieved greatness by cutting off US corporations doing business in Taiwan. Given a choice between Mainland China and Taiwan, I doubt any corporation would choose Taiwan, and cut China off.

 

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eclectic syncretist skbull44 Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:27 Permalink

China bears a lot of responsibility for fentanyl deaths and opioid addiction in the US and beyond. Of course, the British did hit China pretty hard with forced opium imports in the 1800's, so maybe the Chinese feel like they're using the West's own tactics in poetic justice, but still evil just the same.

https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/chinese-connection-flood-mexican… 

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mkkby Four Star Tue, 03/20/2018 - 20:55 Permalink

Someone should lend Taiwan a few nukes and missiles as a defensive deterrent.  If they want to declare their independence, China won't be able to invade.  The first troop to land turns Beijing to glass.

Same for mongolia and all the rest who'd like to be free of dictators.

Do this Trump.  Prove america is for freedom and democracy.

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EddieLomax Ima anal sphincter Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:51 Permalink

These are the rancid consequences from Nixon's China policy coming home to roost, getting in bed with communists was never a good idea.

That president will probably go down in history as worse than Obama when the end results of his short term meddling come to fruition.  Guessing here it is only a question of if the US can find some sort of way to keep its troops out of a "China Vs XXX" war when it turns to the military option to assert its regimes authority on the wider world.

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UmbilicalMosqu… wafm Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:13 Permalink

"...Taiwan was where the corrupt nationalist regime of chang kai tchek retreated after they lost the civil war to mao..."

 

Go murder more thousands of your children like you did in Tienanmen Square. It will reinforce your distorted feelings of moral superiority. Oh, and while you are at it, murder a few tens of MILLIONS more of your fellow citizens like your "Great Leader" Mousie Dung did before and after he disarmed the "People's Militia!"

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