China warns Taiwan, will never tolerate any separatist schemes

Vastavam web: China will never tolerate any separatist schemes for self-ruled Taiwan and will safeguard China’s territorial integrity, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday, issuing a renewed warning to an island China considers its sacred territory.China has been infuriated over a U.S. bill that seeks to raise official contacts between Washington and Taipei, telling Taiwan on Friday it would only get burnt if it sought to rely on foreigners, adding to the warnings from state media about the risk of war.

Addressing the opening of the annual session of the country’s largely rubber stamp parliament, Premier Li said China would promote the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait and“advance China’s peaceful reunification”.“We will remain firm in safeguarding China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and will never tolerate any separatist schemes or activities for Taiwan independence,” Li said.China’s hostility towards Taiwan has risen since the election to president of Tsai Ing-wen from the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in 2016.

China suspects Tsai wants to push for formal independence, which would cross a red line for Communist Party leaders in Beijing, though Tsai has said she wants to maintain the status quo and is committed to ensuring peace.Beijing considers democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and integral part of“one China”, ineligible for state-to-state relations, and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.