Chinese dictator Xi Jinping forecast his government’s plans to further expand Marxist tyranny throughout China and the world during a nearly two-hour-long speech on Sunday, which included direct references to Beijing’s ambitions toward Hong Kong and Taiwan.
While speaking before the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) 20th National Party Congress, Xi highlighted numerous domestic and foreign policy issues, including the country’s ongoing bid to limit the spread of Covid-19 by any means necessary. Since major case outbreaks became known earlier this year in cities such as Shanghai, the CCP has embraced a “Zero Covid” strategy, which the government has used to cripple the few existing freedoms of the Chinese people. As a result, citizens have been forcibly locked in their homes against their will, with food shortages and lack of access to medical care becoming commonplace.
Despite the proven failures of lockdown-style policies, Xi took the time during his Sunday speech to reaffirm the CCP’s commitment to “Zero Covid,” while giving no indication as to when such policies would cease.
“In launching an all-out people’s war to stop the spread of the virus, we have protected the people’s health and safety to the greatest extent possible and made tremendously encouraging achievements in both epidemic response and economic and social development,” Xi claimed.
Frustrations with the government’s Covid approach seem to be boiling among segments of the Chinese population, with protest banners calling out Xi by name popping up in Beijing a few days prior to the CCP’s quinquennial meeting.
But Xi’s celebratory mood over his regime’s embrace of tyrannical methods didn’t just stop at Covid. During the same speech, Xi proceeded to champion China’s unilateral takeover of Hong Kong, the nearby semi-autonomous region that once enjoyed basic freedoms before Beijing’s passage of a “national security” law in 2020 that allowed the CCP to extinguish the city’s dissenting voices.
“In the face of turbulent developments in Hong Kong, the central government exercised its overall jurisdiction over the special administrative region as prescribed by China’s Constitution and the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,” Xi said, pushing the CCP narrative. “It ensured that Hong Kong is governed by patriots. Order has been restored in Hong Kong, marking a major turn for the better in the region.”
In continuing his discussion of foreign policy, Xi also went on to emphasize China’s growing ambitions towards Taiwan, saying that while the CCP “will continue to strive for peaceful reunification,” it will “never promise to renounce the use of force” and “reserve the option of taking all measures necessary.”
“The wheels of history are rolling on towards China’s reunification and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The complete reunification of our country must be realized and it can without a doubt be realized,” he said to applause from the more than 2,300 gathered delegates.
Following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island back in August, Taiwan has experienced an increase in Chinese military activity around its territorial waters and airspace, including a series of live-fire drills orchestrated by the People’s Liberation Army. A Chinese takeover of the island would almost assuredly lead to a decimation of Taiwan’s democratic government, as well as its free market economy and the civil liberties of the Taiwanese people.
Having served two terms as general secretary of the CCP and chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2012, Xi is widely expected to secure a rare, third term during the party’s meeting this week. Since coming to power, he has steadily increased the authoritarian nature of China’s communist government, while also working to expand the country’s power on a global scale.
By and large, Xi’s continued push for Chinese dominance throughout the world has largely gone unchallenged by the West, whose nations have routinely cowered in the face of aggression from the CCP while increasing their entanglements in the Russia-Ukraine war. In addition to their silence over China’s “Zero Covid” barbarism, the West also sent their greatest athletes to Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics and have refused to hold China’s government to account for covering up the origins of Covid-19.