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Official Says Chinese Academics Told to Study Unifying with Taiwan by Force

Chinese academics have reportedly been instructed to evaluate the possibility of unifying with Taiwan by force, as the…
Changhua County Commissioner Wang Hui-mei, front, second right, and other officials inspect a training exercise conducted by military reservists in the county yesterday. Photo courtesy of the Changhua County Government via CNA
Changhua County Commissioner Wang Hui-mei, front, second right, and other officials inspect a training exercise conducted by military reservists in the county yesterday. Photo courtesy of the Changhua County Government via CNA

Chinese academics have reportedly been instructed to evaluate the possibility of unifying with Taiwan by force, as the war in Ukraine has caused Beijing to bring the Taiwan question to the fore of its agenda, a national security official said on Sunday.

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is moving ahead on its “overall strategy for resolving the Taiwan issue in the new era,” which centers on peaceful methods such as legal or other action, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

However, it is also studying the possibility of using force, including lessons to be learned from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the potential effects of sanctions, they said.

The CCP is likely to use violent and nonviolent methods in pursuit of the least costly resolution, the official said.

If Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) chooses to imitate Russia and pursue a military solution, it would first try to create the most beneficial environment possible, they said.

That might entail elaborating on its “one China” principle, urging countries not to interfere, sowing discord among Taiwanese, guarding against potential sanctions and forming a plan for reconstruction after invasion, they added.

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