China has released a major policy document outlining the strategic patience underpinning its objective of “reunification” with Taiwan. In it, Beijing holds open the door to peace, but warns it could be compelled to use force.
“The Taiwan Question and China’s Reunification in the New Era,” the first Chinese government white paper on the topic in 22 years and the first under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, was published as a week of intense Chinese military drills around Taiwan appeared to ease on Wednesday.
The report repeats many of Beijing’s familiar talking points, including its argument that Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was responsible for raising tensions across the Taiwan Strait by refusing to accept Beijing’s principle of “one China.”
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