When visiting the military base in Guangdong Province, the President of China, Xi Jinping, was reported to tell the soldiers to put their “minds and energy on preparing for war and maintain a state of high alert.”
He has also been reported to have told them to remain completely loyal, reliable, and pure for the country.
The reasoning behind the visit was given to be that it was to honor the 40th anniversary of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone – which had been initiated in 1980 and has since help China’s economy is becoming the world’s second-largest.
However, the President’s visit comes in the middle of a very tense atmosphere existing between China and the United States in light of recent events regarding China and the USA being at opposing sides of disagreements over Taiwan, as well as the global pandemic having resulted in creating further conflict between Beijing and Washington DC.
Despite China’s disapproval, the US has worked to strengthen its relations with Taiwan under the Trump administration.
On Monday, 26th October, it had been reported to the US Congress that The White House had approved the sale of armed weapons to Taiwan.
Hours later, Zhao Lijian – who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs in China – had called for the United States to abolish ties with Taiwan and to call off the sale of arms to them.
Although the self-governed and democratic island of Taiwan does not come under the Communist Party’s ruling of China, it is insisted that it remains a fundamental part of China’s territory.
It has been emphasized that the Chinese will use the force of the military to obtain it should that be deemed necessary. To add to the severity of the threat, Beijing has ordered an increase in the number of military drills to nearly 40 warplanes to breach the Taiwanese median line.