Xi says Beijing ready to fight 'bloody battle'

China ready to fight 'bloody battles with enemies, take its due place in the world', says Xi

China ready to fight 'bloody battles with enemies, take its due place in the world', says Xi

China is developing peacefully, does not seek hegemony and expansion posing no threat to other states, country's President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.

Xi also invoked China's historical achievements in governance and culture and stressed the importance of national unity in working to reduce poverty.

The president pointed out that the Chinese people wanted to maintain peace and development for the whole mankind. This is the aspiration of all Chinese people.

In his speech in the Great Hall of the People, Mr Xi laid out his grand vision for China, reconfirming his ambition to "rejuvenate" the country and continue China's "great contributions to civilisation".

This precarious situation has always been a source of tension between Taipei and Beijing, but now that Xi can potentially serve as president for life, "he can execute strategies that last decades rather than years", such as regaining control of Taiwan, says CNN.

"Only those who are accustomed to threatening others will see everyone as a threat", he added.

Expressing his heartfelt gratitude to the trust placed on him by all deputies and Chinese people of all ethnic groups, he said, "It is a glorious mission and weighty responsibility to take on this great position of the President of the People's Republic of China".

Now that he has made it possible to be president-for-life, Xi seems determined to bring Taiwan under Beijing's control during his time in office, something that would place him in the history books alongside Mao Zedong, said Willy Lam, an expert in Chinese politics at the Chinese University in Hong Kong.

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Coming down hard on supporters for formal independence for Hong Kong and Taiwan, he asserted that "not a single inch of the land" would be separated from China.

The call comes ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit to be held in June in China where Modi and Xi are likely to meet on the sidelines.

Responding to a question from a Japanese reporter at his annual news conference, Li said Beijing's ties with Tokyo have been improving but suffered from a weak foundation. The Communist Party of China's Central Committee had last month proposed to remove the limit on the terms of the President and Vice-President that prevented them from serving "no more than two consecutive terms".

MR XI, on challenges China faces overseas.

China was angered by legislation introduced by Donald Trump which encourages exchange visits by high-ranking United States and Taiwanese officials, thereby raising the island's diplomatic status.

"Every inch of our great motherland absolutely can not and absolutely will not be separated from China".

China will deepen its reform and opening up, he said, adding that China, while realising its own development, will make greater contribution to the common development and progress of the world, he said.

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