China threatens ‘drastic measures’ if Taiwan demands independence
China has warned that it will take “drastic measures” if Taiwan makes moves towards formal independence, a Beijing official has warned, adding that Taiwan’s provocations and outside meddling could intensify in 2022.
China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and in the past two years has stepped up military and diplomatic pressure to assert its sovereignty claim, fuelling anger in Taipei and concern in Washington.
China was willing to try its utmost to seek peaceful reunification with Taiwan but would act if any red lines on independence were crossed, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office, told a media briefing.
“If separatist forces in Taiwan seeking independence provoke, exert force or even break through any red line, we will have to take drastic measures,” Ma said.
In a statement late on Wednesday, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council urged Beijing to “seriously reflect on its work towards Taiwan and make correct judgement on the situation”.