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China Invokes Abraham Lincoln in Justifying Push to Take Taiwan

Wei Fenghe on June 2
Wei Fenghe on June 2Photographer: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images

When it comes to Taiwan, China’s generals say they are simply following the example of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

China’s Defense Minister Wei Fenghe on Sunday invoked Lincoln’s efforts during the U.S. Civil War to justify Beijing’s approach toward Taiwan, which it sees as an integral part of its territory that must be unified by force if necessary.