China’s ruling party amends constitution — RT World News

The Chinese Communist Party adopted amendments to its constitution on Saturday, enshrining opposition to Taiwan independence and underscoring efforts to boost Beijing’s military potential.

As the week-long 20th Communist Party National Congress wrapped up in Beijing, its delegates passed a resolution amending the party’s main document and strengthening its position on a number of issues.

The Congress « agrees to include in the Party Constitution statements on…resolutely opposing and deterring separatists who seek ‘Taiwan independence,' » said the resolution.

He also stressed the need to « resolutely apply the principle of one country and two systems », which allows Hong Kong and Taiwan to live under a capitalist system while mainland China officially adheres to socialist principles.

The amendments also stipulated that the party would strive to improve China’s military capabilities by introducing reforms and scientific advances, and welcoming new talent. Ultimately, Beijing aims to transform its military into « a world-class army. » Previously, Chinese President Xi Jinping promised that this goal would be achieved by 2027.

The resolution on Taiwan comes a week after the Chinese leader said that if Beijing seeks « peaceful reunification » with the autonomous island, he could not « promise to renounce the use of force » and reserves the right « to take all necessary measures. »

Following his remarks, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s office stressed that Taipei would not back down on its sovereignty and democratic system, adding that a military clash between Taiwan and China is « certainly not an option for either party. »

Tensions in the region have been running high since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit to Taipei in early August. The trip caused relations between Washington and Beijing to plummet and sparked a flurry of Chinese military activity in the region.

Taiwan has been self-governing since nationalist forces led by Chiang Kai-shek fled to the island in 1949, after losing the civil war to the Communists. Beijing regards the island as its territory and views visits by senior foreign officials as an attack on its sovereignty and a violation of the « one China » principle.

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