Taiwan, Hong Kong independence ruled out
China will firmly oppose Taiwan “separatism”, Premier Li Keqiang declared yesterday and said Hong Kong independence moves would “lead nowhere”.
“We will resolutely oppose and contain separatist activities for Taiwan independence,” Li said at the annual session of China’s National People’s Congress.
“We will never tolerate any activity, in any form or name, which attempts to separate Taiwan from the motherland.”
Trump raised eyebrows following his election victory with a protocol-busting telephone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen.
He later threw doubt on the “One China” policy – a tacit acknowledgement of China’s claim to the self-ruled island – suggesting that the decades-old diplomatic formulation was up for negotiation, which drew protests from China.
Li, however, extended the usual olive branch across the Taiwan Strait, saying China would continue efforts to increase links with the island, which have included rising cross-strait investment, daily direct flights and increased tourism between the two territories.
“People on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should keep in mind the greater interests of the nation”, and work towards the “reunification of China”, he said.
Li shut down any hope of Hong Kong independence.
“The notion of Hong Kong independence will lead nowhere,” he said.
The 10-day NPC session ends on March 15.
Premier Li Keqiang bowing before delivering a government work report during the opening session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing yesterday.