Chinese President Xi Jinping assured this Friday that “achieving the complete reunification of the motherland” is the “common aspiration” of “Chinese from both sides of the Taiwan Strait” during his year-end speech, cited above by the Chinese media.
China and Taiwan have lived as two autonomous territories since 1949, but Beijing considers the island part of its territory and has even threatened reunification by force.
In the speech, Xi Jinping recalled some of the most important events of the year in China, including the celebrations – chaired by himself – of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party last July.
“We were in Tiananmen after a turbulent historic trip,” said the Chinese leader, who pledged efforts to bring the Chinese Communists to “the height of the times”.
After a year in which Beijing’s control over the former British colony (Hong Kong) was strengthened, Xi Jinping assured that “the motherland has always been concerned with the prosperity of Hong Kong and Macao”, where, “by effort” , the system of one country and two systems can “be stable”.
The Chinese president, who described himself in the speech as “someone who comes from the countryside” and who “has experienced poverty”, recalled the achievements in the campaign against extreme poverty in the Asian country, although he assured that “there is still a way to go” .
Xi Jinping also referred to the army and police and the work done by security forces in disaster situations, especially during the floods in central Henan province, which killed more than 300 people last summer.
The Chinese head of state, who has not left the country for nearly two years, also said that in videoconference meetings he held with foreign leaders he had received “compliments” for China’s contribution to the fight against the covid-19 pandemic. from the Asian country of “2000 million doses of vaccines to more than 120 countries and international organizations”.
In addition, he guaranteed that the country is “prepared” to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, an event that will start in February in the Chinese capital and that has, to date, a diplomatic boycott of several countries, such as the case of the United States.
Xi Jinping will face a challenging 2022, notably in managing the Chinese economic downturn and at the 20th Communist Party Congress in the fall, when he could begin a third term, unprecedented among his predecessors in decades.