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Chinese government drops references to 'peaceful' reunification with Taiwan

May 22, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Beijing has hardened its rhetoric towards Taiwan, removing references to "Peaceful reunification", in the government's annual work report.

Observers said the change reflected the stronger stance Beijing would adopt in tackling the Taiwan issue, which it regards as one of its key national interests.

The past six work reports since President Xi Jinping took power in 2013 stressed peaceful reunification and the 1992 consensus - under which both sides tacitly agree there is only one China, but have different interpretations on what this means.

The latest report from Premier Li Keqiang took a different tone, saying: "We will adhere to the major principles and policies on work related to Taiwan and resolutely oppose and deter any separatist activities seeking 'Taiwan independence'."

"We will improve institutional arrangements, policies, and measures to encourage exchanges and cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, further cross-strait integrated development, and protect the well-being of our compatriots in Taiwan," the report said.