Xi voices firm resolve for reunification of Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping has expressed confidence in achieving the reunification of Taiwan with China while harshly criticizing what he sees as moves to seek independence.

Xi gave an address at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Saturday to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution, which led to the collapse of the Qing dynasty.

He declared that the Communist Party of China has loyally carried forward the spirit of the revolutionary pioneer, Sun Yat-sen.

On Taiwan, Xi said, "The complete reunification of our country will be and can be realized."

He said, "National reunification by peaceful means best serves the interests of the Chinese nation as a whole, including our compatriots in Taiwan."

He vowed to adhere to the "one country, two systems" principle, which was adopted for Hong Kong and Macao.

In an apparent warning to the administration of Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen, Xi said moves "aimed at Taiwan independence is the greatest obstacle to national reunification" and will be condemned by history.

With the US and other nations' increasing commitment in Taiwan in mind, Xi emphasized that the Taiwan question is an internal affair of China and that no external interference will be tolerated.

China has been ramping up military pressure on Taiwan by repeatedly flying its military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense identification zone among other measures.