Xi Jinping to Taiwan: Happy New Year, and a threat of war

Jan 02, 2019 - Quartz

In a speech (link in Chinese) delivered by Xi Jinping today (Jan. 2) to the people of Taiwan, the Chinese president extended his warmest wishes in the new year to his “compatriots,” “family,” and “friends”—while also warning that China would not rule out the use of force over unification.

Xi’s speech fell on the 40th anniversary of an important date in cross-strait relations. On Jan. 1, 1979—also the date when the US established diplomatic ties with China—Beijing said i...