China: PLA will ‘resolutely defeat’ anyone who tries to separate Taiwan

China said in its new defense white paper that its armed forces People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “will resolutely defeat anyone attempting to separate Taiwan from China and safeguard national unity at all costs.”

“To solve the Taiwan question and achieve complete reunification of the country is in the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation and essential to realizing national rejuvenation,” China said in its new defense white paper.

It explained that China adheres to the principles of “peaceful reunification”, and “one country, two systems”; and promotes peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, and advances peaceful reunification of the country.

However, it noted that China resolutely opposes any attempts or actions to split the country and any foreign interference.

“China must be and will be reunited. China has the firm resolve and the ability to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will never allow the secession of any part of its territory by anyone, any organization or any political party by any means at any time,” it said. 

“We make no promise to renounce the use of force, and reserve the option of taking all necessary measures,” it noted. “This is by no means targeted at our compatriots in Taiwan, but at the interference of external forces and the very small number of “Taiwan independence” separatists and their activities.”