China sees ‘much faster timeline’ on taking Taiwan, Blinken warns

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San Francisco (AFP) – Beijing wants to seize Taiwan “on a much faster timeline” than previously considered, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday, warning that President Xi Jinping was leading China in a more aggressive direction. Xi is on the cusp of securing a third five-year term at the helm of the world’s most populous nation, delivering a landmark Communist Party Congress speech on Sunday that hailed his decade in power and restated his vow to one day “reunify”, or forcefully take, Taiwan. “We’ve seen a very different China emerge in recent years under Xi Jinping’s leadership,”…

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