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China’s Xi Renews Appeal to Taiwan Amid Pressure Campaign

  • Xi says peaceful union best serves interests of Chinese nation
  • Tensions in Taiwan Strait high after flurry of military drills
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Chinese President Xi Jinping said unification with Taiwan “will and must be achieved,” renewing his pledge just days after sending a record number of warplanes near the island as part of a years-long pressure campaign. 

Xi made the remarks on Saturday as part of a televised speech marking the 1911 uprising that toppled the last Qing emperor and led to the founding of the Republic of China. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to deliver an address on Taiwan’s National Day on Sunday, giving her a chance to make a direct response.