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Taiwanese independence would be a disaster. Those are the words of Chinese President, Xi Jinping, who made the comment in a speech on Wednesday in Beijing. Taiwan is China's most sensitive issue, and the island is claimed as a breakaway province of a one China. And in his speech, Xi said China will strive to lead Taiwan to a bright future under Beijing's rule.
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Reuters Michael Martina explains.>> So President Xi today, in his speech on Taiwan, made some fairly strongly worded comments. He said the people of Taiwan must recognize that other formal move towards independence would be a disaster for the self-ruled island. At the same time, he really didn't mention any specific new policy proposals to reach that peaceful reunification.
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>> The speech comes on the 40th anniverasary of a key policy change in China, which led to the thawing of relations between the mainland and Taipei. And on Wednesday, she repeated that China will not renounce using force to return the self ruled island to Beijing control.>> So China in the past few years as hit pressure on Taiwan with it's increased military excercises patrols around Taiwan It has whittled away at Taiwan's existing allies, those countries that formally recognized Taipei and not Beijing.
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And he has even done things like force foreign companies, foreign airlines, hotels, to remove references to Taiwan from their websites.And I think Xi Jinping's>> Speech today suggests that Beijing will not likely extend an olive branch or decrease pressure towards Taiwan in the near future. After the speech Taiwanese president Sain Wen urged Beijing to respect the Taiwanese people's thinking and on Tuesday said the island's people want to maintain their autonomy from China.