China Says War Drills Show There Is ‘No Way Out’ for Taiwan

18-May-2018 Intellasia | News Week | 6:00 AM Print This Post

China has said its recent live-fire exercises in the tense South China Sea were a warning to Taiwan, threatening to unify the self-ruled island with the mainland by force if necessary.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has intensified his country’s military posture around the island nation of Taiwan, hosting a historic naval parade and other large displays of firepower in recent weeks. An Fengshan, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said Wednesday that these measures were intended as a message to Taiwanese officials who consider their autonomous government to be entirely independent of the leadership in Beijing.

“It is a strong warning against the ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces and their activities,” An said during a press conference. “It shows our determination and ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We have the resolve, confidence and ability to safeguard our national sovereignty and territorial integrity and contain ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist activities in any form. There is no way out for ‘Taiwan independence,’” he added.

(Newsweek)

http://www.newsweek.com/china-holds-new-war-drills-says-no-way-out-taiwan-929598

 


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