China Grows Anxious About Taiwan Reunification
Jun 12, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
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- Tensions between China and Taiwan have reached a decade high, but Beijing is unlikely to take military action unless Taipei declares independence.
- The changing strategic picture in the region and increased tension between Washington and Beijing will only boost Taiwan's importance in the coming decade.
- A younger, more independence-minded Taiwanese generation could clash with China's goal of achieving national reunification.
- China has played a long game of carrot-and-stick with Taiwan, alternating between military threats and economic sweeteners, but the clock may be ticking down to a confrontation.