In his first major policy speech on Taiwan since taking office in 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Taipei on
Wednesday that efforts to assert independence could be met with force
and called unification between the “two sides of the strait” the “great
trend of history.” Xi’s address at the Great Hall of the People in
Beijing, which largely reaffirmed China’s current policy toward Taiwan,
came just over a month after the major opposition party, the
Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT), made gains in Taiwan’s local
elections, dealing a blow to President Tsai Ing-wen’s pro-independence
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).