A war of words over Taiwan. Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of Beijing’s call to end military confrontation with Taiwan, known as the “message to compatriots in Taiwan.” Xi’s new message to Taiwanese compatriots was not only that unification with the mainland is inevitable and in the interests of both sides, but also that China and Taiwan should begin “democratic consultation” on relations and on the future of the Chinese nation. Xi also said that China “make[s] no promise to renounce the use of force.” He was referring to external forces and to a small contingent of Taiwanese separatists, but it’s clear that his comment targeted one country in particular: the United States. Just a few days ago, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, which promises to encourage high-ranking U.S. officials to visit Taiwan, much to China’s chagrin. Taiwan’s president strongly criticized Xi’s co
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