China warns of war in case of move toward Taiwan independence

Michael Martina

July 24, 2019 / 10:54 AM / Updated an hour ago

BEIJING (Reuters) – China warned on Wednesday it was ready for war if there was any move toward Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.

This month, the United States approved sales of weapons requested by Taiwan, including tanks and Stinger missiles, estimated to be worth $2.2 billion.

China responded by saying it would impose sanctions on U.S. firms involved in any deals.

Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a news briefing on a defense white paper, the first like it in several years to outline the military’s strategic concerns, that China would make its greatest effort for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.

However, we must firmly point out that seeking Taiwan independence is a dead end,” Wu said.

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If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he said.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said Washington remained committed to a “one-China” policy, under which Washington officially recognizes Beijing and not Taipei, while assisting Taiwan.

He said U.S. arms sales to Taiwan were a consistent policy of multiple U.S. administrations and had contributed to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

The United States considers any effort to determine the future of Taiwan by other than peaceful means, including by boycotts or embargoes, of grave concern to the United States,” he added.

The United States is the main arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems a wayward province. Beijing has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.

While Washington has no formal ties with democratic Taiwan, it is bound by law to help provide it with the means to defend itself.

The Chinese ministry said the United States had “provoked intensified competition among major countries, significantly increased its defense expenditure … and undermined global strategic stability.”


Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said later in a statement that Beijing’s “provocative behavior … seriously violated the peace principle in international laws and relations, challenging regional safety and order”.

We urge Beijing authorities to renounce irrational, malicious acts such as the use of force, and to improve cross-strait relations and handle issues including Hong Kong rationally, so that it can be a responsible regional member,” it said.

In Beijing, asked how China’s military would handle escalating protest violence in Hong Kong’s widening crisis over a contentious extradition bill, Wu referred only to the territory’s garrison law, which he said “already has a clear stipulation”.

That law states that the Hong Kong government can request the People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) garrison’s assistance to maintain public order.

But legal scholars say it is a very high threshold, and some retired security officials say any involvement by PLAN units in Hong Kong security would shatter the “one country, two systems” formula under which the former British colony returned to China in 1997.

Wu also said reports of a secret pact with Cambodia granting China’s armed forces exclusive access to part of the Southeast Asian nation’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand were “not in accordance with the facts”.

China and Cambodia have in the past carried out positive exchanges and cooperation on military drills, personnel training and logistics,” he said. “This kind of cooperation does not target any third party.”

Reporting by Michael Martina; Additional reporting by Yimou Lee in Taipei and David Brunnstrom in Washington; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Nick Macfie and Peter Cooney

Source: Reuters “China warns of war in case of move toward Taiwan independence”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

7 Comments on “China warns of war in case of move toward Taiwan independence”

  1. War is inevitable, its only when, not if. Fact is the TW independence camp would quickly surrender if war starts. They are just cowards, with no guts to die for “ independent Taiwan”


    • Steve says:

      2020 is an important timeline for the Taiwan Presidential elections. When DPP is kicked out, unification will become a reality.


    • the watcher says:

      Another American warship sailed through the Taiwan straits and China was powerless to stop it. Can you say paper tiger?


      • komonsense says:

        did it dare stop? did it dare do a port visit? did the americunts dare send anything bigger than a singular mid sized vessel (compared to 2 carrier battle groups back in the 1990s during the taiwanese presidential elections)?

        can u say stupid ignorant inbred imbecile?


  2. Steve says:

    DPP + PresBitch offered asylum to HongKong protestors.? HK protestors are not separatist but the DPP PresBitch is offering asylum to the protestors.? Given an opportunity for military unification, China shall use the rod and not spare the ‘livelihoods’ of the DPP and the Presbitch.


  3. Jorge says:

    When is China renouncing minimum nuclear deterrence?


  4. komonsense says:

    “…democratric taiwan…—interesting how this despicable excuse for a reporter omits how there was nothing but martial law under the corrupt generalissimo cash-my-cheque.

    the nationalists lost the civil war to the communists in 1949. what part of that doesn’t the verminous white media understand?

    the americunts’ meddling in taiwan / china internal affairs is the same as an outside country meddling in their civil war

    americunts are the biggest hypocrites, slanderers,and murderers in the world.

    it is the great satan–the great deceiver. it destroys all whist claiming to be the world’s policeman. actions speak louder than words