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Xi vows Taiwan reunification, warns those who 'betray motherland'

Chinese president delivers 1911 revolution anniversary speech as tensions rise

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at a meeting commemorating the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 9.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday declared that the Taiwan independence movement is "the biggest obstacle to reunification," which he vowed to realize, warning those who "betray the motherland."

In a speech marking the 110th anniversary of the dynasty-ending Xinhai Revolution, Xi said secessionist forces pose a "serious hidden danger to national rejuvenation."

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