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Chinese President Xi Jinping’s promise to reclaim Taiwan by “all measures necessary” took the stage of the 20th Communist Party Congress this week as he made the case for a historic third term. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed the Biden administration sees Beijing’s recent rhetoric and actions on Taiwan as an escalated threat, saying Beijing wants to take control, “on a much faster timeline” than anticipated after China determined that “the status quo was no longer acceptable.”