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AUGUST 2020

Top China General Says Attack On Taiwan An Option If No Other Way To Stop Independence

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

In what is shaping up as the next explosive geopolitical hotspot, one of China’s most senior generals said on Friday that the country will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent in the latest rhetorical escalation between China and the democratically ruled island Beijing claims as its own, Reuters reported.

Speaking at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on the 15th anniversary of the Anti-Secession Law, Li Zuocheng, chief of the Joint Staff Department and member of the Central Military Commission, left the door open to using force. The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to. Li is one of China’s few senior officers with combat experience, having taken part in China’s ill-fated invasion of Vietnam in 1979.

Top China General Says Attack On Taiwan An Option If No Other Way To Stop Independence

Honour guards perform the Taiwan national flag lowering ceremony at Liberty Square in Taipei, on April 1, 2020

As Reuters notes the comments “are especially striking amid international opprobrium over China passing new national security legislation for Chinese-run Hong Kong.”

Taiwan’s government denounced the comments, saying that threats of war were a violation of international law and that Taiwan has never been a part of the People’s Republic of China.

“Taiwan’s people will never choose dictatorship nor bow to violence”, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council said. “Force and unilateral decisions are not the way to resolve problems.”

Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue. Beijing says it is a Chinese province, and has denounced the Trump administration’s support for the island. Li Zhanshu, the third-most-senior leader of China’s ruling Communist Party and head of China’s Parliament, told the same event that non-peaceful means were an option of last resort: “As long as there is a slightest chance of a peaceful resolution, we will put in hundred times the effort,” Li Zhanshu said. However, he added: “We warn Taiwan’s pro-independence and separatist forces sternly, the path of Taiwan independence leads to a dead end; any challenge to this law will be severely punished”.

Taiwan has shown no interest in being run by autocratic China, and has denounced China’s repeated military drills near the island while rejecting China’s offer of a “one country, two systems” model of a high degree of autonomy.

President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party won presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide in January, vowing to stand up to Beijing. At the same time, China is deeply suspicious of Taiwan’s president Tsai, whom it accuses of being a separatist bent on declaring formal independence. Ms Tsai says Taiwan is already an independent country called the Republic of China, its official name.

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  • James Adams

    Fuck China, they are a dictatorship that must be overthrown !!!

  • <>

    China will never get back Taiwan, they can make threats and bark but the moment they do any action then the world will sanction their asses. Also, the people of HK demand freedom from China, they won’t back down.

    • Fog of War

      ” Also, the people of HK demand freedom, they wont back down. ”
      Also, the people of Palestine demand freedom, they wont back down.

      • <>

        Taiwan is a real country, Palestine is a fake state and they are all Jordanians. Over 90% of Jordan are Palis, where they belong.

        • Fog of War

          Taiwan is a breakaway province left over from the Chinese civil war. It has never been a desperate country. There was never been a separate group of people called the Taiwanese either. However, Palestine is found all over ancient maps and mentioned many times in ancient texts.

          If you want to get really technical, know that Jerusalem was founded by the Canaanites who are probably the forefathers of many modern Palestinians.

          Finally, if you really want an intellectual head ache , understand that many current Palestinians were most likely ancient Jews that never left, and were either forced to convert to Islam or did it voluntarily. Basically, counterfeit Jews are killing true ancient ” Jews “.

          • Raptar Driver

            The Palestinians are and we’re Arabs.The Canaanites We’re a Negro people.

          • Fog of War

            You should study more and drink less.

            ” The word Canaanites serves as an ethnic catch-all term covering various indigenous populations—both settled and nomadic-pastoral groups—throughout the regions of the southern Levant or Canaan “

          • Raptar Driver

            Apparently the Bible Is something that only people who drink can understand?
            Start chugging.

          • Fog of War

            Nice non-reply. Still think Canaanites were Negroid ?

          • Raptar Driver

            Yes, do you still think you have any brain cells? If you don’t understand the Bible please stop talking to me.
            Canaan was son of Ham the black or burnt one. Father of the negro race. What don’t you understand?

          • Fog of War

            Yes , plenty of brain cells you ” born again ” moron. If you actually studied archaeology, logic, biology, sociology and other factual things, you would know that the negroid race originates from, and developed in, sub Saharan Africa, not in the mountains of Turkey. Not to mention the fact, that its impossible for a member of one race to father children of three other different races. You should stop reading whatever ” evangelical ” clap trap your consuming as its turning you into a raging idiot.

          • Raptar Driver

            Yes I have study these fake sciences. Their theories are based on a false premise. The bible is infallible and you are an idiot! Your ancestors are monkeys so why am I talking to you?

  • Fantax

    China has long term strategies and they are buying Taiwan bits by bits. If the Americans will succeed in creating an Ukraine like scenario possibly Beijing will try to get its own Crimea by occupying some strategic islands like the Dongsha and the Penghu.

  • Tommy Jensen

    As American I fully agree with Taiwan and freedom.

    We will never surrender our obtained freedom with gay families, scientific whoppers, and women’s liberation to take leadership of minority clima rights, mens green jobs and our gender military.

    China’s lack of human rights under the Corona thing, showed that Taiwan belongs to America and freedom.

    • FlorianGeyer

      LOL

  • Assad must stay

    The longer china waits the more armed and independent Taiwan will be, is this good? Idk