'Unstoppable': China's daunting message as Taiwan military drills end

·Associate News Editor
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China has brought its unprecedented military drills surrounding Taiwan to an end, but there's more to come, Beijing has warned.

China's army said its military operations around Taiwan, triggered by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial Taiwan visit, had "successfully completed various tasks and effectively tested the integrated combat capabilities of the troops".

But the Eastern Theatre Command of the People's Liberation Army warned it would continue to "carry out training and preparation for combat" as it kept a close eye on the situation in the Taiwan Strait.

China's army will continue to prepare for a military advancement on China, it has warned. Source: Global Times
China's army will continue to prepare for a military advancement on Taiwan, it has warned. Source: Global Times

Chinese Defence Ministry Spokesperson Senior Colonel Tan Kefei issued a daunting message in the wake of the operation.

Senior Colonel Tan warned "foreign support" for those seeking Taiwanese independence would force the democratic island into the "abyss of disaster".

"The historical course of cross-Strait reunification is unstoppable," he said.

And while he said China seeks a "peaceful reunification", China's army "will never leave any space for any form of "Taiwan independence" separatist behaviours and interference by external forces".

"They are doomed to take the road of self destruction."

'Use your imagination', ambassador says

It comes as China's Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian told an audience at the National Press Club "to use your imagination" over how a forceful reunification with Taiwan could play out.

In a similar tone to Senior Colonel Tan, Mr Xiao said there was "no room for compromise".

"We can never rule out the option to use other means so when necessary, when compelled, we are ready to use all necessary means," he said in Canberra.

"As to what does it mean 'all necessary means'? You can use your imagination."

He also took offence to any military advancement on Taiwan being labelled an invasion, stressing Taiwan "is not an independent state, Taiwan is a province of the People's Republic of China".

China's ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Source: AAP
China's ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian at the National Press Club on Wednesday. Source: AAP

Taiwan Defence Ministry spokesman Sun Li-fang said in response to China's statement that, in continuing to adhere to the premise of not relaxing combat readiness, Taipei would "fully adjust the allocation of forces based on factors such as the enemy threat".

Ms Pelosi told a news conference in Washington that the United States could not allow China to normalise a new level of pressure on Taiwan.

"What we saw with China is that they were trying to establish sort of a new normal. And we just can't let that happen," she said when asked if she expected China to use her visit to justify more drills.

with Reuters

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