March 17, 2016
Decoding Xi Jinping's latest remarks on Taiwan
by Richard C. Bush III
On March 5, Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke to the Shanghai delegates to the National People's Congress (NPC) session in Beijing. China's top leaders use these side meetings to convey policy guidance on a range of issues, and Xi used this particular one to offer his perspective on relations with Taiwan. There has been some nervousness in the wake of the January 16 elections, which swept the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to power in both the executive and legislative branches. Because the Beijing government has always suspected that the fundamental objective of the DPP is to permanently separate Taiwan from China, observers were waiting expectantly to hear what Xi would have to say about Taiwan.