Xi Jinping warns foreign nations will ‘get their heads screwed’
And Professor Steve Tsang fears that Beijing’s growing belligerence, especially vis-à-vis Taiwan, has the potential to spark a potentially disastrous “involuntary conflict”. Professor Tsang was speaking after an extraordinary speech by Xi Jinping, President of China, at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in which he warned foreign forces not to try to “intimidate” his country.
Xi added, “Anyone who dares to try to do so will have a bloody head against the Great Wall of steel forged by more than 1.4 billion Chinese people.
Professor Tsang, director of the China Institute at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), said Express.co.uk: “I wouldn’t say Xi used stronger language than normal.
“Instead, I would say he used unnecessarily harsh language that will backfire on the outside world.
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“But his target audience was domestic and not external, and he had strong support for his harsh words. “
Nonetheless, his speech also sent a clear signal to everyone outside of China, Professor Tsang said.
He explained, “They confirm Xi’s approach to the rest of the world that they are bound to respect China on China’s terms, and if they don’t, they should be ready to. assume the consequences, some might be rather unpleasant.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping
“This approach is concerning because it means that there is a higher risk of Beijing and Washington talking to each other and seeing each other as a threat, and therefore must be a concern. “
Professor Tsang warned: “The risk of unintentional conflict is higher between China and the United States today and between the USSR and the United States during the Cold War, because the USSR and the United States -United did not have areas that they felt the need to use force to challenge.
“Now China claims that Taiwan and Xi hope to take Taiwan and integrate it into China, but Taiwan is a democracy and a major ally of the non-NATO United States, for which an American law (The Taiwan Relations Act) requires the US government to help Taiwan defend itself if Taiwan’s status were to be changed against the will of the Taiwanese people.
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“This is what must worry us for us and for everyone.
“No one should want to see the United States and China engaged in a military confrontation. “
Speaking yesterday, Xi said, “We will not accept preaching preaching from those who feel they have the right to lecture us.
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“We have never intimidated, oppressed or subjugated the people of another country, and we never will. “
Referring specifically to Taiwan, he said, “No one should underestimate the determination, will and ability of the Chinese people to define their national sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Also speaking yesterday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price was asked about a report that China has started building more than 100 new missile silos in a desert area in western China. country.
The image of Xi Jinping on a screen in a Beijing park
He said: “These reports and other developments suggest that the PRC’s nuclear arsenal will grow faster and to a higher level than what may have been previously anticipated.
“This accumulation is worrying. It raises questions about the intention of the PRC.
“And for us, this reinforces the importance of pursuing concrete measures to reduce nuclear risks.
“We encourage Beijing to engage with us on practical measures to reduce the risks of destabilizing arms races – potentially destabilizing tensions. “