China is ready to claim Taiwan by “any means possible” after President Xi Jinping pledged earlier in the summer the reunification of the island. While not officially recognise, the Republic of China has maintained to be the legitimate representative of China, with Beijing claiming Taiwan as a territory of the People’s Republic. Victor Gao, the vice president of the Centre for China and Globalisation, insisted there should be no attempt from the international community to interfere with China’s plans for Taiwan.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Mr Gao said: “The unification of the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is purely an internal affair of the Chinese people, including the 1.4 billion people on China mainland and the 23 million people in Taiwan.
“Nothing in the world can stand in the way of reunification of China.
“Unification of China is a must and it has to be achieved without too much delay.
“Preferably, by peaceful means and, if peaceful means cannot be achieved, any means will be possible.”
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The Chinese patrols and drills also coincided with the transit by a US destroyer in the Taiwan Strait on Friday, which the US Navy called a “routine” passage through international waters.
The Eastern Theater Command, which overseas Chinese military in eastern China, said on Saturday in a separate statement that the USS Barry was monitored on its entire course.
The warning came hours before Taiwan was forced to scramble combat aircraft to push away 10 Chinese planes entering the island’s air defence zone.
Taiwan has complained of repeated air missions over its territory over the past year.
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On Friday, Taipei presented a new plan that would see military spending boosted by $8.7 billion between 2021 and 2026 in an urgent rush to modernise its military response arsenal.
Speaking on Friday, Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang said “the Chinese Communists plot against us constantly as he warned the island had to take the threat of Beijing seriously.
Taiwan’s defence spending “is based on safeguarding national sovereignty, national security, and national security. We must not relax. We must have the best preparations so that no war will occur”, he added.
China’s government criticised Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu on Friday for comments this week in which he said Taiwan was a “sea fortress” blocking China’s expansion into the Pacific.
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Mr Wu’s “aim is to deceive public opinion, to rope in and collude with anti-China foreign forces”, China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said in a statement.
The growing hostile conduct of China spurred the US to sign a pact with the United Kingdom and Australia to combat Beijing’s threat.
The so-called Aukus defence pact between the UK, US and Australia has been widely seen as an attempt to counter the growing military assertiveness of China in the Indo-Pacific region.
Beijing swiftly denounced the initiative as “extremely irresponsible” and a threat to regional peace and stability.
In the Commons on Thursday, Mr Johnson said it was not intended as an “adversarial” move against China or any other power.
He also insisted that relations with France remained “rock solid” while Downing Street described Paris as “a close ally and friend” of the UK.
Nevertheless, the Prime Minister also made clear he expected the agreement to bring “hundreds” of highly skilled jobs to Britain – jobs which may well have otherwise gone to France.