China will 'take military action' if Taiwan declares independence
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Defense minister warns China opposes displays of strength and âprovocationsâ from countries outside the region on South China Sea issueOctober 28, 2018 2:36 PM (UTC+8) Changing of the Guard ceremony at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: iStock
Chinaâs defense minister Wei Fenghe said on October 25 that Beijing is prepared to take military action to prevent any attempt to separate Taiwan from the mainland.
According to Reuters and other news agencies, Wei also said: âThe Taiwan issue is related to Chinaâs sovereignty and touches upon Chinaâs core interests â¦ on this issue, it is extremely dangerous to challenge Chinaâs bottom line.â
That line would be if Taiwan, now known officially as the Republic of China, declared itself as the Republic of Taiwan.
Beijingâs relations with Taipei have been particularly strained since the islandâs president, Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, came to power in 2016.
Weiâs warning came three days after the United States sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait, the latest of gestures made by Washington in support of Taiwan, a democracy with an elected legislature and government.
Wei also touched on the situation in the South China Sea, where Chinaâs claims are disputed by several neighboring countries. Wei said China opposes displays of s trength and âprovocationsâ from countries outside the region under the âpretenseâ of protecting freedom of flight and navigation.
The US routinely sends warships and military aircraft to the South China Sea to protect what it calls freedom of navigation in international waters.
If China were to try to take over Taiwan, it is likely, according to some Sinologists, to be in 2021, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party of China.The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox continue readingSource: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan