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China Threatens Taiwan Anew With Force

Raising the stakes in an already tense situation, China threatened in remarks published Wednesday that “the use of force may become unavoidable” if the island pursues independence — the mainland’s strongest statement in years against its archrival. But Wang Zaixi, a top mainland official who deals with the Taiwan issue, also said China felt close to the Taiwanese people and was “not willing to meet at the battleground.” Wang, vice-minister of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said curbing Taiwan’s efforts toward independence is the main goal of the mainland, which will go to war if necessary. “If the Taiwan authorities collude with all `splittist’ forces to openly engage in pro-independence activities and challenge the mainland and the one-China principle, the use of force may become unavoidable,” Wang was quoted as saying in the China Daily. Full Story

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