Beijing stressed its goal of “full reunification” with the self-governing island
The Chinese military has warned that it will do so “a fan” Any attempt by Taiwan to formally declare independence, saying nothing can stop reunification with the island – including US arms sales.
During a press conference on Friday – less than a day before Taiwan's presidential election – military spokesman Zhang Xiaogang said the Beijing government would do everything in its power to prevent the island from secession.
“The People's Liberation Army of China remains on high alert at all times and will take all necessary measures to crush any form of separatist plots aimed at 'Taiwan independence' and resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.” He said.
In response to a question about Taiwan's efforts to modernize its fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets, Zhang said no amount of foreign arms sales would take place. “Stop the trend of complete reunification of the motherland.”
Beijing has repeatedly warned against any attempt by Taiwan to declare its independence, considering the island part of sovereign Chinese territory. Although Taipei has governed itself since 1949, a few countries recognize Taiwan as an independent state, including the United States.
However, Washington has maintained informal diplomatic and security ties with the island, and has approved a wave of multibillion-dollar military sales in recent years, repeatedly angering China.
While Beijing stressed that it seeks peaceful reunification with Taiwan, President Xi Jinping warned that China would take military action if necessary.
As Taiwanese citizens head to the polls on Saturday, the US government plans to send an election “unofficial delegation” To Taipei over the weekend for “Communicate with the new Taiwanese government and convey US policy in the region” The Associated Press reported.
In response, Beijing urged Washington to do so “Refrain from interfering in the elections in the Taiwan area in any way, to avoid causing serious harm to Sino-US relations.”
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