China reiterates threat of using force to take Taiwan
(MENAFN) In the midst of menacing military drills that have brought tensions between the two sides to their highest point in years, China reiterated its threat on Wednesday to use military force to subjugate self-governing Taiwan.
Following almost a week of missile launches and intrusions by Chinese warships and air force aircraft into Taiwanese seas and airspace, the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office and its news section released a statement.
The measures have caused delays in planes and cargo in an area that is important to global supply lines, and the United States, Japan, and other countries have strongly condemned them.
Beijing supports "peaceful unification" with Taiwan, according to the Chinese statement, but " does not pledge to relinquish the use of military force and retains all necessary options."
China stated that it was ceasing communication with the United States, Taiwan's main military and political ally, on matters ranging from maritime security to climate change.
China announced that the threatening actions are in response to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week, but Taiwan claims that Pelosi's visit is normal and that China just exploited that as an excuse to escalate its threats.
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