Is China done with its ‘peaceful’ policy toward Taiwan?


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Earlier this month, Chinese Premier Li Qiang (NPC) raised concerns in Taiwan for something he did not say. The premier repeated that China would push for reunification with Taiwan, but conspicuously omitted the word “peaceful” — the formulation Beijing traditionally uses to demonstrate its supposedly benign intentions toward Taiwan and its purported adherence to international law. It is also intended to convey China’s long-suffering patience with an allegedly wayward “province” that refuses to submit to the beneficent rule of the Chinese Communist Party. Beijing’s aggressive moves toward Taiwan have escalated in recent years, reaching a menacing crescendo after former House...