* China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control
* Premier Li omitted the word ‘peaceful’ today while talking about ‘reunification’
* Taiwan’s pro-independence President Tsai swore in for a second term this week
* The US congratulated Tsai for her re-election in a move that infuriated Beijing
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left out the word ‘peaceful’ on Friday while talking about Beijing’s desire to ‘reunify’ with self-ruled Taiwan, an apparent policy shift that comes as ties with Taipei continue on a downward spiral.
Taiwan has complained of increased Chinese military harassment since the coronavirus pandemic began, with fighter jets and naval vessels regularly approaching the island on drills China has described as ‘routine’.
The news comes after Taipei’s independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen swore in for her second term this week and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated her for the re-election in a move that infuriated the Chinese Communist Party.
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WNU Editor: There is no common ground between China and Taiwan right now …. Taiwan president rejects Beijing rule; China says ‘reunification’ inevitable (Reuters).