Beijing: China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, a Chinese general has warned.
As per the details, China has threatened to invade Taiwan and take back control by any means necessary, as China claims to be the legitimate successor.
Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department declared, “If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the people’s armed forces will, with the whole nation, including the people of Taiwan, take all necessary steps to resolutely smash any separatist plots or actions.”
Li Zuocheng is also a member of the Central Military Commission in Beijing, China.
Furthermore, he added, “We do not promise to abandon the use of force and reserve the option to take all necessary measures, to stabilise and control the situation in the Taiwan Strait.”
Even though Taiwan has never declared independence, it has had its own government since 1949. It also has its own foreign ministry and military. China refuses diplomatic relations with countries that recognise Taiwan and regularly conducts military exercises in the island’s vicinity, a move seen as Beijing’s provocation.
Although China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, it is rare for a top, serving military officer to so explicitly make the threat in a public setting.
In 1949 Taiwan has been separated from mainland China, after the nationalists lost the Chinese Civil War and were forced from the mainland. The official name of Taiwan is the Republic of China (ROC) and the politics in Taiwan is split in two, with the pan green who want independence and pan blue who want unification with the mainland.
The Taiwanese President Tsai Ling-wen who favors independence will also cross the red for Beijing as General Li’s has called on China to use military force if Taiwan are set to or do declare independence.
The Taiwanese mainland affairs council said, “Taiwan’s people will neither choose dictatorship nor bow to violence. Force and unilateral decisions are not the way to resolve problems.”
Li Zhanshu, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, echoed General Li’s sentiments, saying, “As long as there is a slightest chance of a peaceful resolution, we will put in hundred times the effort.
“We warn Taiwan’s pro-independence and separatist forces sternly, the path of Taiwan independence leads to a dead end; any challenge to this law will be severely punished,” Li added.
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