Xi Jinping says Taiwan 'must and will be' reunited with China
Let's just say that some people in the USA and in Taipei might disagree in the extreme with that statement. Perhaps after the Chinese Communist Party has been eliminated in Beijing?
Xi has essentially made himself president for life and he will make a significant global move(s) during his tenure if he is allowed to stick around for as long as he wants. He knows that now is too early to act on non-red China (that's right) but he's softening the rhetorical beaches in the hopes that he may be able to make headway on Taiwan without storming real beaches.
(From The BBC)
In his speech on Wednesday, Mr Xi said both sides were part of the same Chinese family and that Taiwanese independence was "an adverse current from history and a dead end".
Well, de facto independence has served Taiwan pretty well to date. It's one of the richest countries in the world.
Taiwanese people "must understand that independence will only bring hardship," Mr Xi said, adding Beijing would never tolerate any form of activity promoting Taiwanese independence.
Instead, unification was "an inevitable requirement for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese people", he argued.
He also stressed that relations with Taiwan were "part of China's domestic politics" and that "foreign interference is intolerable".