China on Wednesday (29/11) warned Taiwanese authorities about independence and called on the Taiwanese people to oppose independence for their own safety and welfare.
“Taiwan independence means war,” said Chen Binhua, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council, at a regular press briefing on Wednesday morning.
“We hope that the majority of Taiwanese people can realize the serious danger of Taiwanese independence and firmly oppose and reject Taiwanese independence for the sake of their own safety and prosperity as well as for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait and to encourage the return of cross-strait relations to the right path of peace and development, he continued.
Chen said this when asked about Taiwanese presidential candidate Hou Yo-ih’s objection to Taiwan’s independence. Hou previously said next year’s presidential election would be a choice between war and peace, according to various media reports.
“Today, Taiwan faces an important choice between the two paths and prospects of peace and war, prosperity and decline. “We hope that many Taiwanese people will realize that supporters of Taiwanese independence are troublemakers and war makers,” Chen said. He called William Lai, currently vice president of the Democratic Progressive Party and a presidential candidate, and his running mate, Bi-khim Hsiao, as a pair of Taiwan independence separatists.
This statement came after all the presidential candidates in Taiwan’s upcoming elections next year were previously announced.
The election outcome could have a major impact on relations between China and the US, which is bound by its own laws to provide Taiwan with the weapons it needs to defend itself. The dispute over Taiwan is a major point of conflict in US-China relations. (uh/ab)