After being made China’s president for life at the National People’s Congress, Xi Jinping (Pictured) on Tuesday said his country is ready to fight a “bloody battle” to regain its rightful place in the world.
Xi also warned forces trying to divide the country without naming them. He was speaking at the concluding session of the Congress.
His warning came days after US President Donald Trump signed new rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan defying China’s warnings.
China considers Taiwan as part of the mainland and resists any move that gives Taiwan legitimacy as a state.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen considers her country’s freedom and democracy paramount and does not want to bow to China’s pressure.
Beijing, on its part, is ready to use force to bring the island under its control based on the one-China principle.
Xi told Congress delegates that efforts to divide the country are bound to fail. They will be condemned by the people and punished by history.
Allaying fears about China’s development projects abroad, Xi said they will not pose threat to any country.
But countries are divided over the threat perception. Some that have joined China’s Silk Road Economic belt are conscious of the threat but believe the risk is worth taking considering the immense benefits the One Belt One Road will offer. Others view the project as Chinacentric with less benefits and more risks to its participants.
Countries involved in disputes with China over islands in South China Sea are concerned about Xi’s plan build a “world-class” military by mid-century.