China’s Xi Jinping threatens resort to ‘force’ to unify with Taiwan

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Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a speech on Taiwan on Wednesday (Credit: Reuters)

 

Beijing will not rule out the use of force to ensure the “unshakable historic task” of its complete reunification with Taiwan, Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, said on Wednesday, warning that independence for the island would bring “profound disaster.”

“China must and will be united, which is an inevitable requirement for the historical rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era,” President Xi told a gathering at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, to mark the 40th anniversary of a key Beijing overture to Taipei after the US and China established ties. Continue reading