During the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress (NPC), General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping, pressed for intensified preparations for armed combat against various threats, specifically targeting Taiwanese independence forces.
“It is necessary to explore ways of training and preparing for war because epidemic control efforts have been normalized,” Xi said during the meeting.
Xi’s statements come at a time of tension with the West. More countries are now questioning the way the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dealt with the pandemic, mainly because of the lack of transparency and the violation of human rights that has taken place since the outbreak of the virus in the city of Wuhan.
“It is necessary to step up preparations for armed combat, to flexibly carry out actual combat military training, and to improve our military’s ability to perform military missions,” Xi added.
Wu Qian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defense, said in a statement that for the CCP, Taiwan is a military target, criticizing the relations that the Democratic Progressive Party of Taipei has with other countries, suggesting that these go “further down the road of separatism.”
Therefore Wu justified the 6.6% increase in defense spending, even though the Chinese economy is in a moment of great instability due to the pandemic of the CCP Virus or new coronavirus.
Wu emphasized the political risks that currently exist for the CCP and for national defense. “We have to make economic calculations but above that we have to make security calculations when we consider military spending,” he said, according to the South Morning China Post.
As the South Morning China Post reported, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-Wen promised to strengthen Taiwan’s defenses, and so far this year, several agreements have been reached with the United States to acquire combat tanks and surface-to-air missiles worth $2.2 billion.
For the same reason, the spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense said that the successful sale of the arsenal to Taiwan is “extremely wrong and very dangerous,” adding that any attempt by the Democratic Progressive Party to achieve independence would “end up in history with shame and disgrace.”
The prolonged tension that has existed since the 1949 civil war between the CCP and Taiwan is due to Taiwan’s insistence on advocating democracy and distancing itself from the political power of the CCP, which has exerted pressure in various ways to maintain the ‘one country, two systems’ policy, a measure that directly affects Taiwan’s sovereignty.
As Taiwan News reported, statements made by Xi before the National People’s Congress also included a subtle warning addressed to India as there is currently a tense confrontation between Indian troops and those of the CCP along the border of Ladakh.
According to India Today, the CCP has a number of disputes and political intrigues with India that considerably affect its ambitions in the region, more so than Taiwan, and therefore it is concerned that there may be a common cause between Taiwan and India.