‘China does not need to use force’

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow on October 13, 2021.

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China “does not need to use force” so as to obtain its desired “reunification” with Taiwan, Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping final week vowed to understand his goal of bringing the democratically run island nation of 24 million individuals underneath Beijing’s management by peaceable means, following per week of simmering tensions within the area.

China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, whereas Taiwan has expressed a want to pursue formal independence, having dominated itself since splitting from the mainland in 1949 following a protracted civil struggle.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen responded in a speech Sunday, saying that her authorities would spend money on bolstering its army capabilities so as to “demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves.”

Speaking to CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on the Russian Energy Week convention in Moscow Wednesday, Putin pointed to Xi’s feedback suggesting the potential of a peaceable unification, and China’s “philosophy of statehood,” to counsel that there isn’t a menace of army confrontation.

“I think China does not need to use force. China is a huge powerful economy, and in terms of purchasing parity, China is the economy number one in the world ahead of the United States now,” the Russian president mentioned, in accordance to a translation.

“By increasing this economic potential, China is capable of implementing its national objectives. I do not see any threats.”

Putin additionally addressed tense relations over the South China Sea, the place Russia has tried to preserve a impartial stance towards China’s long-standing and internationally repudiated declare to huge swathes of close by waters.

“As for the South China Sea, yes, there are some conflicting and contradictory interests but the position of Russia is based on the fact that we need to provide an opportunity for all countries in the region, without interference from the non-regional powers, to have a proper conversation based on the fundamental norms of international law,” he mentioned.

“It should be a process of negotiations, that’s how we should resolve any arguments, and I believe there is a potential for that, but it has not been fully used so far.”

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