- The Trump administration has shown increasing support for Taiwan in the race for the White House, actions that Beijing has branded as provocations
- While the prospect of armed conflict is not high, the possibility of ‘peaceful reunification’ is waning, analysts say
South China Morning Post
Date: 13 Sep, 2020
By:\ Kinling Lo
If the self-ruled island moves towards independence, Beijing has said that it would be justified in “reunifying” Taiwan with the mainland by force, a position it spelt out 15 years ago in its Anti-Secession Law.
In Beijing, the island’s sovereignty is a “core interest” and priority issue – more important than any other matters.
Despite dramatic lows and opposing stands in their relationship, both sides of the Taiwan Strait have so far managed to avoid crossing that line and engaging in a direct confrontation.