Xi Jinping’s new year speech has gotten a lot of attention. Chairman Xi complimented the Chinese people for there achievements this year. He thanked the soldier’s aboard, the taxi-drivers, and the people that had to work on new years eve. this, however, was not the centre pees of discussion. Chinese wish to unify with Taiwan has existed sins 1949 when the Chinese peoples Republik was declared and the Republic of China fled to Taiwan. In the speech chairman Xi announced that the Chinese peoples Republik government was prepared to jus military action if Taiwan didn’t want to unify with the People Republik of China.
After Hong Kong was transferred over to China form the United Kingdom in 1997, Hong Kong has been ruled by a system called «one nation, two systems». This means that Hong Kong has self-rule, but is a part of China. This is a system that could work with Taiwan too, but the government of Taiwan has worked to prevent a unification with China. The current leader of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen and her party is against unification with China, and they won the local elections in 2018. that is an indication that they have the people behind them.
The Democratic Progressive Party Tsai Ing-wen is against unification because they do not view them self as Chinese but as Taiwanese. This is a contrast to the Kuomintang that wants China under them self just like in 1911. They view them self as Chinese but they only got 27% of the votes in 2018 counter to The Democratic Progressive how got 44% according to Wikipedia. This could mean that the people of Taiwan’s view of them self are changing.
election results: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Taiwanese_local_elections