China vows to punish Taiwan for separatism

China vows to punish Taiwan for separatism

In a phone call by Modi to Xi on his re-election as China's President, the leaders agreed that both countries should talk more as healthy bilateral ties were key for the development of Asia.

"Any actions and tricks to split China are doomed to failure and will meet with the people's condemnation and the punishment of history".

Xi's plan to build a "world-class" military by mid-century has also raised concerns about how it plans to use its increasingly modern forces amid regional frictions over Beijng's territorial claims in the South China Sea.

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. This is the aspiration of all Chinese people. "We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies".

The change is part of President Xi Jinping's sweeping government overhaul to give the party greater control over everything from financial services to manufacturing to entertainment.

Modi said that Xi's re-election shows that he enjoys the support of the whole Chinese nation, the report said.

China is ready to enhance communication with Modi on long-term, strategic bilateral issues to promote political mutual trust, Xi added.

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Meanwhile, Premier Li Keqiang used his once-a-year news conference to say China was committed to global co-operation on trade.

Xi pledged to expand the Belt and Road, his signature foreign policy initiative of building ports, bridges and railways connecting Europe with Asia - but in an apparent response to the project's critics, said China wasn't seeking hegemony.

Xi laid out the roadmap to national rejuvenation. continue with comprehensive reform and opening up, uphold socialism with Chinese characteristics and rule of law, uphold core values of Chinese socialism and further improve people's standard of living and eliminate poverty. CCTV now has more than 70 bureaux overseas, while China Radio International broadcasts in more than 60 languages. "Only those who are accustomed to threatening others see everyone as a threat", he said, taking a dig at the US.

On March 11, the rubber-stamp Chinese legislature passed a historic constitutional amendment formally removing term limits to enable President Xi to stay on as the Chinese president beyond 2023.

Jinping, who can rule for life after scrapping presidential term limits, said: "Every inch of our great motherland absolutely cannot and absolutely will not be separated from China".

Instead, it will "continue to actively participate in the reform and construction of global governance, and contribute more Chinese wisdom, plans and strength to the world, to promote lasting peace, universal security, common prosperity and an open, tolerant, clean and handsome world", he said.

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