China ‘must use its strengths’ to curb pro-independence forces in Taiwan

China ‘must use its strengths’ to curb pro-independence forces in Taiwan

Beijing has pledged to use what it sees as its political and economic strengths to contain pro-independence forces in Taiwan, identifying it as a key task for the Communist Party’s centenary year.

Wang Yang, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, China’s top leadership body, told officials from the mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office to work to promote cross-strait unity and respond quickly to the “grave and complicated” situation, according to a report by the party mouthpiece People’s Daily.

However, unlike last year’s meeting he did not explicitly refer to the “peaceful unification of Taiwan” or the “one country, two systems” model.

He told the office’s annual two-day work meeting, which finished on Monday: “We must use the increasing strengths and significant advantages in our system effectively when handling Taiwan affairs.”