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China's Xi clashes with Taiwan's Tsai over unity call

President draws rebuke from island's leader after 'One China' speech

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the "Message to Compatriots in Taiwan" at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Wednesday   © Reuters

HONG KONG/TAIPEI -- The presidents of China and Taiwan ramped up the rhetoric Wednesday over the status of the self-ruled island, marking their positions in separate speeches that underscore escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait.

China's Xi Jinping used a major address to drive home his desire to unite the mainland with Taiwan, saying any moves toward independence on the self-ruled island would lead to "disaster."

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