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Liu Jieyi, then China's ambassador to the United Nations, at a Security Council meeting at U.N. headquarters on Sept. 11.   © Reuters

At party congress, China prepares tougher line on Taiwan

Hard-charging diplomat Liu seen heading Beijing's new offensive

KENSAKU IHARA, Nikkei staff writer | China

BEIJING -- China is boosting pressure on the government in Taipei at the Communist Party's twice-a-decade National Congress here, cooking up new strategies to win favor among the island's youth and renewing its hard line against Taiwanese independence.

Taiwan took center stage at a meeting Thursday of delegates from Fujian Province, a southeastern region that lies just across the water from the island. Both sides of the Taiwan Strait are "family," attendees said, and the question is how to bring them closer together.

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