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Taiwan must reunify peacefully with China, President Xi says

Xi Jinping's comments come just days after Taiwan reported scores of Chinese aircraft in its airspace.

National flag of the People's Republic of China in front of the Chinese embassy in Berlin 240720 CREDIT Marc Vorwerk/SULUPRESS.DE/DPA/PA Images
National flag of the People's Republic of China in front of the Chinese embassy in Berlin (Picture: PA).

China's leader has warned Taiwan must reunify peacefully with his country, despite a ramping-up of threats to attack the island.

President Xi spoke of shared aspirations for a unified future with the democratically governed island, which is claimed by China.

Speaking in Beijing, he said: "Reunification of the nation must be realised and will definitely be realised.

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"Reunification through a peaceful manner is the most in line with the overall interest of the Chinese nation, including Taiwan compatriots."

His remarks come ahead of 10 October, which is known as National Day in Taiwan.

The Chinese President was speaking just days after Taiwan said nearly 60 Chinese aircraft flew into its air defence zone within two days, saying the incidents were the latest in a string of incursions.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 amid civil war, with the then ruling Nationalist Party fleeing to the island as Mao Zedong's Communists swept to power on the mainland.

Since then, Taiwan has been self-ruled, but its sovereignty is denied by Beijing, which has refused to renounce the option of using force to bring the island under its control.