Beijing: China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday that China’s military exercises near Taiwan are aimed at forces that promote the island’s formal independence and are “just” measures to maintain peace and stability.
It also stated that the exercise was designed to prevent interference from external forces.
Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, are at their worst in more than 40 years, Taiwan’s defence minister said last week, adding China will be capable of mounting a “full scale” invasion by 2025.
He made the above speech after China invaded the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone on a large scale for four consecutive days, which began to enter the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone on October 1, which is part of Taipei’s belief that Beijing is strengthening military harassment.
Taiwan Affairs Office spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang said at a regular press conference in Beijing that the cause of the current tension is that Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) “colludes” and “provokes” foreign forces to seek Taiwan’s independence.
He added that China’s exercises are aimed at this kind of collusion-alluding to US support for Taiwan-and separatist activities, and to protect national sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
“They are absolutely just actions,” Ma said.
“The DPP authorities’ hyping of the so-called ‘military threat’ of the mainland is to completely invert right and wrong, and a bogus accusation,” he added.
“If the DPP authorities obstinately persist in going about things the wrong way, and do not know how to draw back from the edge, it will only push Taiwan into a more dangerous situation.”
Taiwan says it is an independent country called the Republic of China, its formal name, and will defend its freedom and democracy.
Despite Ma’s comments, both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen made relatively conciliatory speeches at the weekend, even as Xi vowed to bring Taiwan under its control and Tsai said they would not be forced to bow to China.
Xi did not mention resorting to force over Taiwan, while Tsai reiterated a desire for peace and dialogue with China.