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Taiwan President Warns China Against ‘Military Adventurism’

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Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen had a New Year message for China Saturday: military conflict is not the answer, but Beijing responded with a stern warning that if Taiwan crossed any red line it would lead to “profound catastrophe.”

China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and has increased military and diplomatic pressure in the past two years to assert its sovereignty claims.

“We must remind the Beijing authorities to not misjudge the situation and to prevent the internal expansion of ‘military adventurism’,” Tsai said Saturday in her New Year’s speech, broadcast live on Facebook.

Taiwan says it is an independent country and repeatedly has vowed to defend its freedom and democracy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his New Year address Friday the complete unification of “the motherland” was an aspiration shared by people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

On Saturday, after Tsai’s speech, Zhu Fenglian, spokesperson of the Taiwan Affairs Office in Beijing, said: “We are willing to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification.”

“But if ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist forces continue to provoke and coerce, or even cross any red line, we will have to take decisive measures.” Continue Reading

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