China Says Taiwan’s Future Lies in ‘Reunification’, Attempt to ‘Rely on US for Independence’ Doomed

The Taiwanese Defence Ministry announced on 15 June that 28 People’s Liberation Army Air Force aircraft, including fighters, maritime strike, and strategic bombers, had entered Taipei’s Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), which China does not recognise, as it considers Taiwan an inalienable part of the People’s Republic.

Beijing has underscored the need for Taiwan – the island it considers to be an integral part of China – to acknowledge that its future lies in “reunification”.

Weighing in on last Tuesday’s incident that saw twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, enter Taiwan’s so-called air defence identification zone (ADIZ), Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang said the drills, as he termed them, were “a necessary action for the current security situation across the Taiwan Strait and safeguarding national sovereignty”.

“The United States should fully understand that China’s development and growth cannot be stopped by any force,” said Ren. In a reference to Taiwan’s ruling party, the spokesperson added:

‘Wanton Intervention’

Earlier in the week, China’s Taiwan Affairs office urged outside powers to avoid meddling in the island’s affairs, and denounced local political forces for their “independence” rhetoric.

The comments came as the Taiwanese Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday that a record 28 People’s Liberation Army Air Force aircraft had entered Taipei’s Air Defence…

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