Taiwan’s Nationalist Party leader reaffirmed the party’s support of the eventual reunion with China when he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
In an ongoing effort to alleviate the tension between the two sides, Nationalist Party Chairman Eric Chu met with Xi Jinping on Monday to discuss the future of Taiwan and China, marking the highest-level talks between both sides in six years.
Chu also affirmed Taiwan’s desire to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as “China’s Taipei”, after its initial application, which implied that Taiwan was an independent nation, was rejected.
According to CTV News, the sensitive topic of unification will most likely be brought up during next year’s Taiwanese presidential elections, where Chu is considered a likely candidate.
Tension between the communist mainland the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan eased in the 1990s due in part to their common opposition to Taiwan’s formal independence from China. The idea of potential unification has become increasingly unpopular for the younger Taiwanese voters who see their island as an independent country.
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By Sharon Choi