President Xi talks tough on “enemy” bid to split China

Mar 20, 2018, 7:09 AM EDT
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that Taiwan will face the “punishment of history.”
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In a vehement closing speech in the parliament, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the “enemies” against their bid to split China, adding that the separatist drives, including Taiwan’s push for formal independence, are doomed to fail.

Xi, on course to rule China indefinitely after the country recently scrapped presidential term limits, warned that Taiwan will face the “punishment of history” for its attempts at separatism, writes Reuters.

Beijing’s tough rhetoric is a result of the U.S. green-lighting a new law last week that allows American senior officials to visit Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa.

Conventionally, the annual session of the National People’s Congress in China is addressed by the premier, but Xi sidelined the leader and dominated the stage, notes the BBC.

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