Chinese Dictator Delivers Chilling Speech Calling For Military Buildup

On Sunday, Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech emphasizing “national security” and the country’s willingness to use the military to “safeguard China’s dignity and core interests.”

Xi delivered the remarks at the opening ceremonies of China’s 20th National Congress. During the speech, he referred to “national security” 26 times and declared victory over the Hong Kong protestors.

Xi also had some ominous words regarding the possibility of military conflict.

“Be mindful of dangers in the midst of peace,” Xi said. “Get the house in good repair before the rain comes, and prepare to undergo the major tests of high winds and waves, and even perilous, stormy seas.”

Xi also reinforced the country’s willingness to fight to keep Taiwan as part of China.

“We will continue to strive for peaceful reunification,” stated Xi. “[We] will never promise to renounce the use of force.”

“And we reserve the option of taking all measures necessary [against] separatists [and] interference by outside forces,” he continued. “The wheels of history are rolling on towards China’s reunification and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”

“The complete reunification of our country must be realized and it can without a doubt be realized,” Xi added.

Yu Jie, a senior research fellow on China at Chatham House’s Asia-Pacific Program, expressed that Xi’s speech should be interpreted as another warning to the U.S. not to meddle in China’s affairs with Taiwan.

In response to Xi’s speech, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen released a statement asserting that Taiwan is a “sovereign and democratic country.”

Xavier Chang, a spokesman for the president, elaborated on the country’s relationship with China.

“[The] consensus of the Taiwanese public is that territorial sovereignty, independence, and democracy cannot be compromised and that military conflict is not an option for the two sides of the Taiwan Strait,” he said.
In previous speeches, Xi proclaimed that China will become the dominant military power in Asia by 2049, which will mark 100 years of Communism in the country.

On Sunday, Xi again referred to the “rejuvenation” of his country, predicting that the “next five years will be crucial.”