China has warned that nothing will stand in their way of achieving goal of “national reunification” with Taipei.
Beijing has warned that no foreign powers or militaries will prevent China’s plans to unify with Taiwan, cautioning that any country attempting to offer military support to Taipei will face “consequences.”
Defense ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Tan Kefei told reporters on Friday that “the Taiwan question is a purely internal affair of China,” and that “no one and no force can stop” Beijing from a “complete national reunification” with Taiwan.
Tan also went on to add that anyone who tries to do so, “will suffer the worst consequences in the end.”
Is it believed Tans statements come as a retaliation after Australia’s defense minister, Peter Dutton, stated last week that it would be “inconceivable” for Canberra not to join with the U.S. should they decide to defend Taiwan.
On Sunday Dutton backed down on his statement, saying that any Australian response would be based on “our country’s best interests.”
The argument whether or not Taiwan is part of China’s territory goes as far back as the Ming dynasty; however when the Dutch East India company arrived in Taiwan in 1624 they claim that they found no evidence of Chinese administration of the island country.
In modern times Beijing has always insisted that Taiwan is part of China’s territory, while the U.S. has unofficially supported Taiwanese independence supplying weapons to Taipei although at some stages, they’ve also acknowledged China’s claim to the island.