China Warns West as Report Promises to Resolve 'Taiwan Question'

The Chinese government warned Saturday against foreign interference in its relations with Taiwan as it released a new report pledging to resolve the issue of Taiwanese independence "in the modern era."

The issue of Taiwanese independence has long put China at odds with many Western nations, as China considers Taiwan to be part of its nation—staunchly opposing any independence movements. Taiwanese leaders, however, consider the island to be its own country, making the relationship between the two all the more difficult.

During remarks at the opening of China's parliament meeting, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stood by the "One China" principle, which states that Taiwan is part of a unified China.

"We will advance the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait and the reunification of China," he said, according to Reuters. "We firmly oppose any separatist activities seeking 'Taiwan independence' and firmly oppose foreign interference," adding, "All of us, Chinese on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, should come together to advance the great and glorious cause of China's rejuvenation."

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council responded by saying that public opinion in Taiwan opposes the "political framework, military intimidation and diplomatic suppression imposed by China" and that Taiwan remains a "force for regional peace and stability."

Meanwhile, China's annual government report issued on Saturday pledged to resolve the "Taiwan question in the new era." The report broadly focuses on the nation's economic outlook, but also includes some wording about its relations with Taiwan. This is the first year that it mentions the timeline of "the new era," according to a report from The Washington Post.

The report also contained more usual language, including a commitment to advancing "the peaceful growth of relations across the Taiwan Strait," according to the Post.

The news comes as some draw potential comparisons between China and Russia as the latter continues its invasion of Ukraine. China, however, has dismissed the comparisons, saying they are two completely different situations.

Some have voiced concern that China could copy Russia by invading Taiwan leading the U.S. last week to send a delegation of former U.S. officials to Taiwan—led by former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen—to reassert American support.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin warned that the U.S. should handle the subject of Taiwan "prudently" and that "whoever the United States sends to show so-called support for Taiwan will be futile."

"The will of the Chinese people to defend our national sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering," he said during a press briefing.

China promises to resolve "Taiwan question"
Above, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang warned against “foreign interference” on Taiwan during a speech at the opening session of parliament on Saturday. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images