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China ready to strive for peaceful ‘reunification’ with Taiwan; US, Canada Transit Strait

China and Taiwan split in 1949 during a civil war that brought the Communist Party to power on the mainland

China and Taiwan split in 1949 during a civil war that brought the Communist Party to power on the mainland

On September 21, China downplayed its rhetoric on Taiwan, saying it was inevitable that the self-governing island would come under its control, but would boost efforts to achieve it peacefully.

The comments followed President Joe Biden’s recent remarks that the US would defend Taiwan if China invaded and came a day after US and Canadian warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait.

They do not signal a change in policy as a broader effort to calm the waters on multiple fronts for a major meeting of the ruling Communist Party next month.

When asked about the growing concern about China using force, Taiwan’s official spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said, “I would like to reiterate…

China and Taiwan split in 1949 during a civil war that brought the Communist Party to power on the mainland. Rival Nationalists withdrew from Taiwan and established their government on the island off the east coast of China.

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China launched missiles into the waters around Taiwan during major military exercises held last month in response to the visit of senior US lawmaker Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Mr. Xiaoguang, speaking at a news conference on the Taiwan issue, did not use the word force in his response, as he has done before. Instead, he said China would take “firm measures” against any provocative move by Taiwan or its international backers.

He said China would introduce more policies to help Taiwan, highlight the benefits of integration with China, and encourage people-to-people exchanges.

“The homeland must and must be unified,” Mr. Xiaoguang said, calling it a “historic trend that no one can stop.”

But Taiwanese, who have become accustomed to democratic freedoms, are unlikely to join China voluntarily – especially after China’s crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, a former British colony returned to China in 1997.

China’s military has taken note of a US warship sailing unprovoked through the Taiwan Strait for the second time in recent weeks, as it did earlier this year.

The Chinese military monitored a guided missile destroyer USS Higgins and a Canadian warship HMCS Vancouver, spokesman Colonel Xi Yi said in a statement. He said that the Army will firmly defend the national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin was more outspoken, accusing the US of causing trouble and colluding with other countries to put pressure.

The US Navy said in a statement that Tuesday’s joint exercise “demonstrates the commitment of the United States and our allies and partners to a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

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