Wei Fenghe spoke Monday at the opening of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing. The three-day event, whose theme is “Maintain international order and promote peace in the Asia-Pacific region”, will be attended by representatives from more than 70 countries.
“No one or any force can stop the complete reunification of China. We are committed to promoting the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Strait and the peaceful reunification of the country, ”he said.
Wei described the problem of Taiwan as the “greatest national interest” of China, saying that China is the only important world state “that has not yet been fully reunified.”
The defense minister said that “resolving the issue of Taiwan to realize the full reunification of China is the irresistible trend of the times.”
“We will never allow separatists for Taiwan independence to get away with it, nor will we allow interference from any external force. Advancing in the reunification of China is a just cause, while separatist activities are doomed to fail, “he emphasized.
Beijing claims full sovereignty over Taiwan and almost every country in the world, including the US. UU., Recognize that sovereignty under the policy of “One China.”
China has sought reunification with the island since Taiwan separated from the mainland during a civil war in 1949. Beijing has not ruled out the use of force to achieve that goal.
However, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May 2016, rejected the formula of “one country, two systems” that Beijing suggested could be used to unify the island and the continent.
Tsai, who is seeking re-election in January, has promised to support Taiwan’s “sovereignty.”
The island has long been a high point in China’s relations with the United States, which has no formal ties to Taiwan, but sells the country’s advanced military hardware in defiance of Beijing.
In addition to Taiwan, Washington angered China on numerous occasions by sided with China’s rivals in the long territorial dispute over the South China Sea, rich in energy.
Highlighting the “many difficulties and challenges” in ties with the United States, the Chinese defense minister said at the forum that “the islands of the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands are inalienable parts of China’s territory.”
“We will not allow them to take away an inch of the territory that our ancestors left us.”