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Xi: Reunification with Taiwan inevitable


BAIJING: China’s “reunification” with Taiwan is inevitable, President Xi Jinping said in his New Year’s address on Sunday, striking a stronger tone than he did last year with less than two weeks to go before the Chinese-claimed island elects a new leader. The January 13 presidential and parliamentary elections are happening at a time of fraught relations between Beijing and Taipei.
“The reunification of the motherland is a historical inevitability,” Xi said, though the official English translation of his remarks published by the Xinhua news agency used a more simple phrase: “China will surely be reunified”. “Compatriots on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should be bound by a common sense of purpose and share in the glory of the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” he added. The official English translation wrote “all Chinese” rather than “compatriots”.
Last year, Xi said only that people on either side of the strait are “members of one and the same family” and that he hoped people on both sides will work together to “jointly foster lasting prosperity of the Chinese nation”. China has taken an exception to current vice-president Lai Ching-te, the presidential candidate for Taiwan’s ruling party and leading in opinion polls by varying margins, saying he is a dangerous separatist.

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