Xi Threatens Violence Against Taiwan, Demands 'Peaceful Reunification'
With trade talks between the US an China finally ramping up, reviving hopes that a deal might end a slump in global equity markets that has carried into the New Year, one would think 'Taiwan' would be the last word any investor wanted to hear. But we've been hearing it with an alarming frequency lately. From a belligerent Chinese admiral and from President Xi Jinping.
And in a Wednesday speech to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of a landmark shift in China's Taiwan policy, President Xi offered a vision of the future relationship between China and Taiwan that blatantly contradicts what Taiwan wants for itself - which is, more autonomy, if not outright independence, as the ruling pro-independence party has repeatedly insisted.
Instead, Xi insisted during his speech that China reserves the right to use force to bring Taiwan to heel - but that peaceful "reunification" would be Beijing's goal. Xi has made resolving the "Taiwan issue" a priority.
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