Chinese Communist dictator Xi Jinping "will stop at nothing to take Taiwan," former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Washington Free Beacon on Sunday, as the CCP kicked off its 2022 Communist Party Congress.
Xi delivered a nearly two-hour speech to a gathering of some 2,300 Communist Party officials as he reaffirmed his grip on power into a second decade as the country’s ruler. The Communist Party Congress convenes every five years and will carry on into the coming week. Xi accepted his third five-year term as general secretary during the proceedings, leading many to speculate that he is laying the groundwork to become the nation’s indefinite ruler.
With Xi now entering his second decade as the Communist country’s top official, Haley told the Free Beacon that the United States must confront the malign regime if it is to have any hope of preventing China from imposing "it’s reign on the world."
"Xi Jinping's first decade in power has been spent committing genocide against the Uyghurs, unleashing COVID on the world, crushing Hong Kong, and striking deals with the world's worst tyrants," Haley said. "Xi will stop at nothing to take Taiwan, expand China’s dominance in Asia, and threaten America. If we don’t start acting boldly now, China will walk all over us and impose its reign on the world."
While the Biden administration has engaged in diplomacy with Beijing, the CCP has significantly boosted its military posturing and repeatedly threatened to retake Taiwan, the embattled island territory, by force. President Joe Biden has committed to defend Taiwan in public remarks, but that stance has later been walked back by White House officials, raising questions about the administration’s actual policy.
Xi, during his speech on Sunday, hinted that he still has his sights set on Taiwan and could launch a military invasion in the future.
"The wheels of history are rolling on toward China's reunification and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation," Xi was quoted as saying in his speech by NPR. "Complete reunification of our country must be realized, and it can, without doubt, be realized."
"We will continue to strive for peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and the utmost effort, but we will never promise to renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option of taking all measures necessary," Xi said.