China says military statues near Taiwan move ‘right’

Chinese and Taiwanese flags are displayed along with military aircraft in this photo taken on April 9, 2021. REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration / File Photo

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Beijing also said the exercise is being undermined by foreign forces.

The military conflict with China, which claims Taiwan as its territory, has been at its worst for more than 40 years, Taiwan’s defense minister said last week, adding that China will be able to rise to full “violence” by 2025.

He was speaking after China raised four straight days for the entry of air force into Taiwan’s air defense base that began on October 1, part of an example of what Taipei saw as increasing military harassment by Beijing.

Speaking at a regular news conference in Beijing, Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China’s Taiwan Office, said the cause of the instability was Taiwan’s alliance with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and foreign forces and “provocations” over Taiwan’s independence.

Chinese drills for this integration – a statement obscured US support for Taiwan – and the tasks of separation, maintaining national sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, he added.

“They’re real actions,” Ma said.

“DPP officials’ hyping of the world’s so-called ‘military threats’ is a distraction of right and wrong, and a false accusation,” he added.

“If the DPP authorities insist on doing things the wrong way, and they do not know how to turn back, it will only push Taiwan into a dangerous situation.”

Taiwan claims to be an independent country called the Republic of China, its legal name, and it will defend its independence and democracy.

Despite Ma’s remarks, both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen held bilateral talks over the weekend, even when Xi vowed to bring Taiwan under his control and Tsai said he would not be forced to bow to China.

Xi did not speak of coercion over Taiwan, while Tsai reiterated his desire for peace and negotiations with China.

Tsai, speaking at a regular meeting of the party later on Wednesday, reiterated that the government has never “stopped” or brought in by the Chinese military threat but has never “acted” immediately.

“I also want to reiterate that we will never be defeated by coercion. Strengthening the country’s self-defense is the most important thing for the government,” he added.

Reporting by the Beijing Newsroom and Ben Blanchard; Edited by Tom Hogue, Raju Gopalakrishnan and Andrew Heavens

Our approach: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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