China on a Faster Timeline for Reunification of Taiwan: Blinken 習喊不放棄武統 布林肯示警「北京加快統一」

In regard to the 20th National Congress, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Beijing will be pursuing reunification on a much faster timeline while some other political experts analyzed that China would not be in a hurry in the near future to carry out reunification from an economic perspective. 

During a talk with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday, Oct. 17, current U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pointed out that China has changed its approach and is now pursuing "reunification" on a much faster timeline, even at the cost of using coercion or force. 

Anthony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State: “We've seen a very different China emerge in recent years under Xi Jinping's leadership. It is more repressive at home, it's more aggressive abroad, and in many instances that poses a challenge to our own interests, as well as to our own values.”

Blinken also mentioned the semiconductor industry, saying that if Taiwanese production of semiconductors was disrupted by Chinese military actions, there would be an economic crisis around the world. Blinken stated the importance of using peaceful means to resolve differences in the Strait since the stakes are high for the U.S., and this is the reason for heavy U.S. engagement in the region. However, Anthony Saich, professor and director of Ash Center from Harvard Kennedy School, said during his visit to Taiwan that from a regional economic perspective, Chinese President Xi Jinping is not in a hurry to annex Taiwan in the near future.

Anthony Saich, Director, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School: “Any forced reunification with Taiwan is not possible in the near future. I don't think there is any intention, I don't think that. I think the Chinese leadership realizes it is impossible.”

Philip Hsu, Director, Center for China Studies, National Taiwan University: “If he (Xi Jinping) thinks that he has made an historic achievement in firmly advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts, then maybe he is not in a hurry to reunify Taiwan.”

Political Science professor Tao Yi-feng from the National Taiwan University analyzed that China's economy is still in a slump so they cannot easily carry out a war in the next five to ten years. Tao thinks the timeline for reunification would get extended, and that China would probably conduct disinformation campaigns first to influence public opinion towards the presidential election in 2024.