‘China does not want to use force’

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a Russian Energy Week International conference in Moscow in October, 2021.

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China “does not want to use force” to achieve “reunification” with Taiwan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping last week pledged to achieve his goal of bringing a 24-million-strong country under Beijing’s rule by peaceful means, following a week of regional instability.

China sees Taiwan as a collapsed region, while Taiwan has shown a desire for independence, self-governing since its independence from 1949 following civil war.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen responded in a statement Sunday, announcing that his government will invest in improving its military capabilities in order to “demonstrate our determination to defend ourselves.”

Speaking to CNBC Hadley Gamble at a Russian Energy Week summit in Moscow on Wednesday, Putin pointed to Xi’s remarks as an opportunity for peaceful co-operation, and China’s “philosophy of government” to show that there is no threat of hostilities.

“I think China does not want to use violence. China is a strong economy, and in terms of purchasing power, China is the first world economy before the United States right now,” the Russian president said in a statement.

“By increasing this economic opportunity, China is able to achieve its national goals. I don’t see any threats.”

Putin also spoke of tens of ties over the South China Sea, where Russia has tried to maintain its neutrality toward China for a long time and the world has rejected many nearby water points.

“As for the South China Sea, of course, there are some contradictions and contradictions but Russia’s position is based on the fact that we should give a chance to all countries in the region, without interference from non-governmental authorities, to hold a fair dialogue based on international law,” he said.

“It has to be a way of communicating, it’s a way we have to resolve any disputes, and I believe in the possibility of that, but it hasn’t been fully implemented so far.”

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