Readers should also know the intention behind the intention in preparations for war against Taiwan:
“Our military battle preparation appears to aim at Taiwan, but in fact is aimed at the United States, and the preparation is far beyond the scope of attacking aircraft carriers or satellites.” – Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian, December 2005.
Comments by Luo Yuan, hawkish retired PLA major general, come after independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party’s election success
A retired Chinese People’s Liberation Army major general has warned that war is likely if self-ruled Taiwan continues to seek independence.
“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.
Luo’s strong words appeared in a commentary published by Global Times, a nationalist tabloid,on Monday, more than a week after a landslide victory by the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Taiwan’s presidential and legislative elections.
“We have long been proposing peaceful development across the strait, but it doesn’t mean that we have weakened our will for reunification,” Luo said. “The final goal is reunification rather than a ‘peaceful divide’.
“Unification means peace and independence means war,” Luo warned. “Independence would never be equal with peace.”
Many analysts believe the report was aimed at sending a “political warning” to Taiwan’s president-elect Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the DPP, that Beijing would never give up using “non-peaceful means” to solve cross-strait issues.
Full article: War with China ‘likely’ if Taiwan continues to seek independence, says ex-PLA general (South China Morning Post)