Chinese Premier Li Keqiang clearly ruled out any possibility of independence of Taiwan and Hong Kong, saying that such moves will lead to nowhere. During his speech at the annual session of National People’s Congress, Li said, “We will resolutely oppose and contain separatist activities for Taiwan independence.” He further stated, “We will never tolerate any activity, in any form or name, which attempts to separate Taiwan from the motherland.”
Li’s statements come in the wake of the rising tensions between China and the United States, especially after Donald Trump took charge as the US President. Experts say that China is expanding its clout in the neighborhood and at the global level as well, something that is troubling the folks at the White House.
However, Li also talked about the measures that China has undertaken to improve ties with Taiwan, which include a greater number of cross-strait investment, daily direct flights and increased tourism between the two territories. Expressing his desire to see a united China, Li said, “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”.