Bloomberg is reporting tonight,

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Taiwan must be unified with the mainland to achieve his goal of completing the country’s rejuvenation.

“China must and will be united, which is an inevitable requirement for the historical rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era,” Xi told a gathering in Beijing to mark the 40th anniversary of a landmark Beijing overture to Taipei after the U.S. and China established relations.

Xi also sent a warning to advocates of Taiwan’s independence, who include supporters of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. “It’s a legal fact that both sides of the straits belong to one China, and cannot be changed by anyone or any force,” Xi said.  – Bloomberg, Jan 1

Whether this impacts the trade negotiations with the United States, who knows.  But it can’t be positive.

John Bolton must be fuming.  Remember, Xi, plays the long game while Trump plays for short-term wins.

We have advocated over the past year keeping the Taiwan Strait front and center on the geopolitical radar.  See here and here.

Hat Tip:  Greg McKenna