President Xi Jinping says Taiwan must be unified with mainland China

Xi's speech was peppered with references to familiar domestic themes and promises to leave the self-governing island's political system intact

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Chinese President Xi Jinping suggested that mainland China and Taiwan enter into “in-depth democratic consultations” and work toward unification, in the clearest sign yet that he wants to settle the 70-year dispute during his tenure. “China must and will be united, which is an inevitable requirement for the historical rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era,” Xi told a gathering in Beijing to mark the 40th anniversary of a landmark Beijing overture to Taipei after the US and China established relations. The two sides have been ruled separately ...