“The question of Taiwan and the reunification of China in the New Era”, the white paper published by the Office of Foreign Affairs Taiwan of the Chinese Council of State, defines how Beijing intends to take over the island through economic incentives and military pressure.
“We are ready to create a vast space for peaceful reunification, but we will not leave room for separatist activities in any form,” the white paper said.
Beijing’s warning came after several days of Chinese military exercises around Taiwanmade in response to the visit to Taipei by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
The lawmaker last week became the highest US authority to visit Taiwan in decades, despite the threat of retaliation from Chinawhich seeks to keep Taipei insulated from the world stage.
“We will work with the greatest sincerity and will do everything possible to achieve peaceful reunification. But we will not renounce the use of force and we reserve the option of taking all necessary measures,” the document highlights.
“This is to protect us against outside interference and all separatist activities. It is in no way targeting our Chinese compatriots in Taiwan. The use of force will be the last resort taken in compelling circumstances,” he adds.
The last time China issued a white paper on Taiwan it was in 2000.
The new document was published on the same day that a senior Taiwanese opposition leader traveled to China to meet with Taiwanese businessmen, despite the fact that Taipei had asked him to cancel the trip.
Andrew Hsia, deputy chairman of the pro-Beijing Kuomintang party, made the visit in his personal capacity and was not in the capital.
But Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen sharply criticized him for crossing the Strait of Taiwan in moments that China perform maneuvers around the island.
Since the 1990s, the island has grown from an autocracy to a vibrant democracy, and a distinctive Taiwanese identity has emerged.
Relations between the two sides have deteriorated since 2016, when current President Tsai came to power, whose Democratic Progressive Party does not consider Taiwan as part of China.
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fear of invasion
The Chinese white paper promises to Taiwan economic prosperity as well as “more security and dignity” after “reunification”.
But that offer was made known after the largest military exercise that China has performed around the island, including rehearsals of a blockade.
The maneuvers raised fears that the Chinese communist authorities were preparing for an invasion.
The exercises were expected to end on Sunday but continued this week, with no confirmation on when they will end.
The Popular Liberation Army (EPL) revealed on Wednesday details of the exercises carried out the day before around Taiwan.
The PLA eastern command said Tuesday’s drills focused on establishing air dominance, releasing videos and photos of fighter jets taking off and performing maneuvers such as mid-flight refueling from a tanker plane.
The military later said it “successfully completed several tasks,” without specifying whether it would carry out more exercises.
“The troops in the (east) will monitor the changes in the situation of the Strait of TaiwanThey will continue to conduct military training and prepare for war,” the EPL added.
Taiwan accuses China to use Pelosi’s visit as a pretext to rehearse an invasion.
The island held its own military exercises to counter an attack on the island, and on Wednesday released images of its air, land and sea forces responding to Chinese maneuvers.
Taiwanese drills prompted another warning Tuesday china.
Any conspiracy to “resist reunification by arms … will end in failure, like a mantis trying to stop a chariot,” said Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
(With information from AFP)
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