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Sigh of relief in Taiwan after China's parliamentarians start meeting

Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party is adamant the island is already a sovereign state and has resisted reunification overtures.PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING - In his speech at the opening of the annual full session of Parliament last year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang left out the word "peaceful" when he repeated Beijing's enduring desire for eventual reunification with Taiwan.

The omission, deliberate or not, fuelled speculation that China had abandoned its four-decade-old policy of peaceful reunification and would resort to military means to force the self-ruled island back to the fold.

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