Chinese President Xi Jinping said Wednesday that independence for Taiwan is against history, and that no political party can stop the path toward reunification.

In a policy speech centered on Taiwan, Xi said, “We are willing to create a vast space for peaceful reunification, but we will never leave any room for any sort of Taiwan independence separatist activities.”

Taiwan’s leader rejected Xi’s call just hours later. President Tsai Ing-wen said her self-governing island of 23 million people would never accept the “one country, two systems” plan that China proposes.

She said, “China must face the fact of the existence of Taiwan, Republic of China, and not deny the system of a democratic country that has been commonly built up by the Taiwanese people.”

Xi proposed talks between the two sides to work out “a systematic arrangement for the peaceful development of the cross-strait relationship.”

Tsai said Taiwan is willing to talk, but it must be with the approval of the Taiwanese people. Tsai has gone against the wishes of the Communist Party by refusing to support the “one-country, two systems” plan.

Xi said going against the “one China principle will result in tension and turbulence.”

Xi also said that China has the right to use force if necessary to answer interference by outside forces and what he called an extremely small number of Taiwanese separatists.

Exercise 1


Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.


strait (n.) /ˈstreɪt/ - a narrow passage of water that connects two large bodies of water

  • the Bering Strait


turbulence (n.) /ˈtɚbjələns/ - a state of confusion, violence, or disorder

  • A period of turbulence preceded the riots.



Exercise 2 


Answer these questions about the article.


  1. What did president Xi say?
  2. Will Taiwan accept this?
  3. What will be the result of this?


Exercise 3

Fill in the blanks

Fill in the blanks with the correct word listed below.

strait, turbulence


  1. We had some ______ on our flight today.
  2. We must cross the _______ to get to the other side.


Exercise 4


Have a discussion on following questions.


  1. Why are China and Taiwan arguing?
  2. Do different countres have right to gain independance?
  3. What do you think of this situation?


This lesson is based on a news article originally published by learningenglish.voanews.