Mr. Xi has declared in recent speeches that uniting the island with the mainland is a historic goal of the communist regime in Beijing.
"This hypersonic weapon has, if anything, demonstrates why we got to wake up to China's threat. We don't have that capability in the United States and our missile defense systems can't stop it and it can carry a nuclear payload," he said. "And that's just one of many. They're competing with us economically, militarily. The great competition is with China."
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