“China says army will act ‘at any cost’ to prevent any separation from Taiwan”
China’s army will take action at any cost to foil all attempts to separate the self-ruled island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, the country’s Defense Minister; Wei Fenghe said.
China has been infuriated by recent US sanctions on its military, one of a growing number of flashpoints in Sino-US ties that includes a bitter trade war, the issue of Taiwan, and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea.
The United States, on Monday, sent two warships through the Taiwan Strait in the second of such operation this year and latest in a series o US gestures in support of democratic Taiwan.
The Defense Minister said at the opening of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing, “The Taiwan issue is related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and touches upon China’s core interests.” This China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore.