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China refuses to rule out use of force to unify Taiwan with mainland Updated: 2022-08-12 17:24:58 KST

China has released its first white paper on Taiwan since Chinese President Xi Jinping assumed the reins of power almost a decade ago.
In it,.. Beijing refuses to rule out the use of force to unify Taiwan with mainland China if it deems it necessary.
Lee Seung-jae has more.

For the first time since Chinese President Xi Jinping came to power more than nine years ago, China on Wednesday released its white paper on Taiwan, where it refused to rule out force in order to unify the island with the mainland.
It also blamed Taipei's "independence seeking" ruling party for a deepening dispute with Beijing.
The document which stressed that China will "will tolerate no foreign interference in Taiwan," comes just days after Beijing held unprecedented military drills around the island in the wake of a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the island.
In a preamble to the document it noted that the bid to unify Taiwan and the mainland, is "a shared aspiration" of all Chinese people.
Later in the white paper, it stressed that "Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times", and that it's an indisputable fact.
It cited archaeological discoveries and research findings that attest to "the development of Taiwan by the Chinese people in earlier periods."
While the document later says that China is promoting a peaceful resolution and a peaceful development of cross-Straits relations, it did not rule out the use of force to accomplish its bid.
The statement raises major concerns for Taiwan and its allies, with fears that a military conflict could be on the horizon.
China released two white papers on Taiwan before this recent document.
The first was titled "The Taiwan Question and Reunification of China" and published in August 1993, followed by "The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue" in February 2000.
These two white papers provided a comprehensive and systematic look at the basic principles and policies regarding the resolution on the Taiwan issue.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang News.
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