Reunification with Taiwan "will be and can be realised" as China strides towards national rejuvenation, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on the eve of the self-ruled island's national day. Peaceful reunification is in the best interests of both the mainland and Taiwan, he said in a televised speech on the 110th anniversary of the 1911 revolution.
Asst Prof Dylan Loh, who studies Chinese foreign policy at NTU, said: "The key takeaway... is the clear emphasis on peaceful reunification and the absence of any threatening belligerent words indicating the use of force." He added: "Mr Xi's priority... is in ensuring a smooth party congress, especially if he seeks to extend his grip on power beyond the traditional 10 years.”
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