China has responded sharply to statements by politicians in Taipei ahead of the island’s presidential election
China is willing to allow “A large area” Government spokesman Chen Binhua on Monday warned of peaceful reunification with Taiwan, but will not tolerate separatist activities. The official was responding to comments made by pro-independence Taiwanese politicians ahead of the presidential elections on the self-ruled island.
According to media reports, Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-chim, both from Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party, recently claimed that the island is still under threat of attack from the mainland.
Lai, who describes himself as a “Worker for Taiwan Independence” He is campaigning in the presidential election scheduled for January, and has chosen Hsiao, a former envoy to the United States, as his running mate.
Chen, spokesman for China’s State Council Office for Taiwan Affairs, said Beijing would not show leniency toward troops in Taiwan if they were promoting secession.
He cited the anti-secession law issued by Beijing in 2005, which reaffirmed that China considers Taiwan an integral part of its territory. The legislation allows Beijing to use arbitrary and non-peaceful means to achieve unity with the island, which has enjoyed self-rule since 1949 and the days of the Chinese Civil War.
“I want to stress that Taiwan independence means war.” Chen stated that he condemned Lai and Hsiao as separatists. He also accused the two men of distorting facts and downplaying the risks of secessionist activities to deceive voters ahead of the 2024 elections.
In a meeting with US President Joe Biden in California earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that Taiwan was likely to remain the most serious issue in relations between Washington and Beijing.
Under the Enhancing Taiwan Resilience Act of 2022, the US government is allowed to spend up to $2 billion annually in military aid to the island from 2023 to 2027. Meanwhile, Taiwan has more than $14 billion in US military equipment under the demand.
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