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Xi to Biden: Beijing “Will” Reunify Taiwan with China

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In a recent summit in San Francisco, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a stark message to President Joe Biden: Beijing is determined to reunify Taiwan with mainland China, although the timeline for this action remains undecided. This blunt declaration, made amidst discussions aimed at reducing tensions, has heightened concerns among U.S. officials, especially given China’s increasingly aggressive stance towards Taiwan.

Xi’s message, delivered in the presence of numerous American and Chinese officials, emphasized China’s preference for a peaceful reunification with Taiwan. However, he refuted predictions by U.S. military leaders about a potential timeline for this action, stating that no specific timeframe has been set. This stance by Xi contradicts public comments made by U.S. intelligence indicating that Xi has directed his military to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027.

The conversation between Xi and Biden was part of a critical meeting intended to ease the growing tensions between the United States and China. Xi’s approach, described by officials familiar with the conversation as blunt but not confrontational, reaffirms his consistently firm stance on Taiwan. This issue has been a top concern for the Biden administration, which is keen on avoiding military conflict with China.

In contrast to Xi’s private warning, the public narrative from the Chinese Communist Party Congress last year hinted at the use of military force if Taiwan declares independence with foreign support. This aggressive posture aligns with Xi’s goal of doubling China’s economy by 2035, raising doubts about the likelihood of a military conflict, which could derail Beijing’s economic objectives.

Xi’s concerns extend to Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election and the influence the United States wields on the island. When Biden urged China to respect Taiwan’s electoral process, Xi maintained that while peace is ideal, China must work towards a resolution. As we reported recently, China’s propaganda to interfere in Taiwan’s election has been intense.

This meeting between Biden and Xi, their first in a year, was a strategic effort to mend frayed relations between Washington and Beijing. Biden stressed the importance of a rational and manageable relationship to avoid conflict, echoing the U.S.’s “One China” policy while maintaining unofficial relations with Taiwan.

With most of Taiwan’s 24 million residents favoring the status quo, the prospect of forced reunification remains a contentious and potentially destabilizing factor in global geopolitics. Given the tragic state of Hong Kong’s absorption into China, one would think Taiwan’s plight would be nightmarish at best.

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