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Xi engineers new Taiwan offensive

By Lai I-chung 賴怡忠

Beijing’s position that Taiwanese independence activities would damage the relationship between the two sides is nothing new. However, in augmenting China’s position with the phrase “peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” Xi is sending a clear message to the US, who has an strong interest in maintaining peace in the region.

Beijing hopes the US will assist China in its opposition of Taiwanese independence and help to oppose “Taiwanese secessionist forces.”

One can see from these examples — Xi’s redefining of the so-called “1992 consensus,” his propaganda directed at the DPP, a post-Ma KMT and the US — Beijing is redeploying its forces for a new offensive against Taiwan. Now that a refusal to acknowledge that Taiwan is part of China is — according to Beijing — a change to the “status quo,” which threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, the weakness of the so-called “1992 consensus” has been laid bare for all to see.

Must Taiwan continue to make the same mistake?

Lai I-chung is the vice chief executive officer of Taiwan Thinktank.

Translated by Edward Jones

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