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Xi Jinping says ‘reunification’ must be fulfilled‘……..


China’s President Xi Jinping has said that “reunification” with Taiwan “must be fulfilled” – why must it be fulfilled? To what end? Which problem would that solve? Would the end justify the means?

‘Mr Xi said unification should be achieved peacefully’ – ‘should’ is not the same as ‘must’.

‘a “glorious tradition” of opposing separatism’ – please give examples? – Tibet?

Speaking at an event marking the 110th anniversary of the revolution that overthrew China’s last imperial dynasty in 1911, he said unification in a “peaceful manner” was “most in line with the overall interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots”. – well that’s a bonus.

“The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled, and will definitely be fulfilled,” he said. – now he is using ‘must’ – another trigger word.

Mr Xi has said he wants to see unification occur under a “one country, two systems” principle, similar to that employed in Hong Kong, which is part of China but has a degree of autonomy. – ‘a degree’ of autonomy – 1 degree or 20 degrees or 99 degrees? ‘A degree of autonomy’ is double-speak from the BBC here – how much autonomy would the people of Hong Kong say they now have?


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