China’s President Xi Jinping has said that the country will not cede a “single inch of land” and instead will opt for a “bloody battle” if need be.
A belligerent President Xi Jinping, now enjoying probably a life-long tenure, stressed on Tuesday through a 30-minute long nationalistic speech in China’s Parliament that rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation has become the biggest dream of the country.
“The Chinese people and the Chinese nation have a shared conviction which is not a single inch of our land will be and can be ceded from China? Xi said, addressing the closing session of the NPC the first by a President in recent years.
Though Xi made no mention of any territorial issues, the country has been involved in a number of disputes.
Besides the border dispute with India, China claims rights over the disputed islands in East China Sea under the control of Japan and vast stretches of the South China Sea (SCS) where it is firmly asserting its control.
Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the South China Sea.
Xi said China has all the capabilities to take its due place in the world.
“The Chinese people has been indomitable and persistent. We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies and on the basis of independence we are determined to recapture the relics,” he said.
“We have strong capabilities of taking our due place in the world. We have fought for that big dream for about 170 years. Today more than ever the Chinese people are close to that dream, ever more confident and capable of realising the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” he said.
In his speech, Xi also delivered a stern message to the separatists.
“Faced with this important question of our nation and history any action that separates the country is doomed to fail. These separatist actions will be met with the condemnation of the people and punishment of the history,” he said.
“Chinese people have strong determination, full confidence and every capability to triumph over all the separatist actions,” he said.
Besides Taiwan, China brands the Dalai Lama as “splitist”. China is also carrying out extensive crackdown in the Muslim Uygur majority Xinjiang against the separatist group East Turkistan Islamic Movement, (ETIM).