What purpose does publishing a White paper serves?

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China has published a White Paper on the situation with Taiwan, here is the translation:

The spokesperson of the Taiwan Office of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China was authorized to deliver a speech on the
publication of the white paper "The Taiwan Issue and the Cause of
Chinese Reunification in the New Era"

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, August 10th, on August 10th, a
spokesperson for the Taiwan Office of the Central Committee of the
Communist Party of China was authorized to deliver a speech on the
publication of the white paper "The Taiwan Issue and the Cause of
China's Reunification in the New Era". The full text is as follows:

The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council and the Information
Office of the State Council today issued a white paper on "The Taiwan
Issue and the Cause of China's Reunification in the New Era".

In August 1993 and February 2000, the Chinese government published
white papers on "The Taiwan Issue and the Reunification of China" and
"The One-China Principle and the Taiwan Issue", respectively,
comprehensively and systematically expounding the basic principles and
related policies for solving the Taiwan issue. For more than 20 years,
especially since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of
China, the theory of national unification and the policy towards
Taiwan have continued to develop abundantly. General Secretary Xi
Jinping put forward a series of important concepts and major policy
propositions on the work of Taiwan, forming the overall strategy of
the Communist Party of China to solve the Taiwan issue in the new era,
and providing a fundamental framework and action plan for the work of
Taiwan. However, for a period of time, the authorities of the
Democratic Progressive Party of Taiwan have stepped up their “Taiwan
independence” separatist activities, and some external forces have
tried their best to engage in “Taiwan-based China” in an attempt to
prevent China from achieving complete reunification and the Chinese
nation from moving towards a great rejuvenation.

The Communist Party of China unites and leads the people of all ethnic
groups throughout the country in their long-term struggle to build a
well-off society in an all-round way as scheduled, achieve the first
hundred years of struggle goal, and start a new journey to build a
modern socialist country in an all-round way and march towards the
second hundred years of struggle goal. Realizing the great
rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has entered an irreversible
historical process, and we are more qualified, confident, and capable
of completing the great cause of the reunification of the motherland.
The majority of cadres and the masses eagerly look forward to the
early completion of the great cause of reunification. The Chinese
people at home and abroad and the international community pay great
attention to the issue of China's reunification. Embarking on a new
journey and facing the new situation, it is necessary to issue a new
white paper on national reunification to further reiterate the fact
and status quo that Taiwan is a part of China, demonstrate the firm
will and strong determination of the Communist Party of China and the
Chinese people to pursue the reunification of the motherland, and
explain the positions and policies of the Communist Party of China and
the Chinese Government to promote the reunification of the motherland
in the new era.

The white paper “The Taiwan Issue and the Cause of Chinese
Reunification in the New Era” insists on taking Xi Jinping's socialist
thought with Chinese characteristics in the new era as the guide,
based on the overall situation of the great rejuvenation strategy of
the Chinese nation and the unprecedented changes in the world in a
hundred years, and deeply implements the overall strategy of the
Communist Party of China to solve the Taiwan issue in the new era, and
demonstrates with a large number of historical and legal facts that
Taiwan is a part of China. It is unquestionable and cannot be changed,
comprehensively summarizes the Communist Party of China's unwavering
efforts to promote the complete reunification of the motherland.
History, major achievements and valuable experience, deeply criticized
the actions and fallacies of the Democratic Progressive Party
authorities stepping up their “independence” provocations and the
United States stepping up its efforts to play the “Taiwan card”, and
systematically expounded the actions and fallacies of the Communist
Party of China and the Chinese government in the new era The major
political policies and policy propositions for promoting the
reunification of the motherland on the new journey clearly clarify the
bright prospects for achieving peaceful reunification in accordance
with the “one country, two systems”, and fully demonstrate our
confidence in achieving the complete reunification of the motherland,
our firm determination to oppose the division of "Taiwan independence"
and foreign interference, and our unchanging original intention to
seek the well-being of compatriots on both sides of the Strait.

In the current complicated international situation and the Taiwan
Strait situation, the publication of this white paper is conducive to
exposing and criticizing the “Taiwan independence” separatist forces
and external forces for colluding and provoking, attempting to harm
China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, obstructing and
sabotaging the process of Chinese reunification, and exposing their
political nature and sinister intentions. The determination of the
Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial
integrity is unshakable, and the will is as solid as a rock; it is
conducive to demonstrating that the Communist Party of China and the
Chinese Government are willing to continue to strive for peaceful
reunification with the greatest sincerity and do their best. The
position and attitude, to maximize the efforts of compatriots on both
sides of the Strait, especially Taiwan compatriots and the
international community. Understanding and support; it is conducive to
boosting the spirit of the whole party and the people of all ethnic
groups determined to pursue national unity, enhancing the confidence
and courage of the anti-“independence” forces on the island and
overseas to promote unity, and condensing the majestic power to
support and promote the reunification of the motherland.

Achieving the peaceful reunification of the two sides of the Strait is
not only a blessing for the Chinese nation and the Chinese people, but
also for the international community and the people of the world. I
hope that the majority of Taiwanese compatriots will firmly stand on
the right side of history, be dignified Chinese, seriously think about
Taiwan's status and role in national rejuvenation, understand justice
and act in accordance with righteousness, resolutely oppose the
division of “Taiwan independence” and interference from external
forces, and actively participate in the just cause of promoting the
peaceful reunification of the motherland. I hope that Hong Kong
compatriots, Macao compatriots and overseas Chinese will, as always,
make new contributions to promoting the peaceful development of
cross-Strait relations and achieving the peaceful reunification of the
motherland. It is hoped that the international community and all
countries that have established diplomatic relations with China will
abide by the one-China principle, properly handle Taiwan-related
issues, understand and support the Chinese people's opposition to the
division of “Taiwan independence” and strive to complete the just
cause of national reunification.

Is there any benefit to doing this? I am wondering, because everyone knows that China considers Taiwan as being part of China. So what's the point of publishing a white paper and reiterating something most diplomats and senior officials already know about? Is there any advantage that China can get out of this, or is this just some protocols people are being told to follow that led to this?

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