Xi warns against ....

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

China Sea, vow­ing nei­ther to par­tic­i­pate in the case nor ac­cept the rul­ing, which is due July 12. With­out mak­ing di­rect ref­er­ence to the South China Sea, Xi said that while China was not a trou­ble maker, no for­eign coun­try should think China would trade away its core in­ter­ests.

“Do not ex­pect that we will swal­low the bit­ter fruit of dam­age to our sovereignty, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests,” he said to an au­di­ence in­clud­ing mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, model work­ers and eth­nic mi­nori­ties.

Viet­nam, Malaysia, Brunei and Tai­wan also have South China Sea claims.

A fur­ther headache for Xi this year has been Jan­uary’s elec­tion in self-ruled and demo­cratic Tai­wan of a pres­i­dent from the pro-in­de­pen­dence Demo­cratic Pro­gres­sive Party, Tsai Ing-wen.

“We will res­o­lutely op­pose Tai­wan in­de­pen­dence spli­tist forces,” Xi said, again with­out a di­rect men­tion of Tsai or her party.

“The 1.3 bil­lion of China and the en­tire Chi­nese race will never agree to any per­son, at any time, us­ing any method to carry out ac­tiv­i­ties to split the coun­try.” China views Tai­wan as a way­ward prov­ince and has never re­nounced the use of force to bring its un­der Bei­jing’s con­trol.

Tsai has vowed to main­tain peace with China.

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