- Title: China issues warning to Taiwan over military drills
- Date: 16th July 2020
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (JULY 16, 2020) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING ARRIVING AT NEWS CONFERENCE MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "You should ask the Defense Ministry about military drills rather than asking me. But I saw some reports that said Taiwan seems to be flexing their muscles to mainland with these military drills. They bite off more than they can chew if they have such ideas." MEDIA SEATED (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "China is determined to maintain its sovereignty and security, and its resolute willpower is indestructible and solid as a rock. So I think realising the unification of China is just the general trend for the Chinese people, the People's Republic of China. Any force that attempts to split China has to have a clear understanding of this." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 30th July 2020 11:46
- Keywords: China DPP Hua Chunying PLA Taiwan Tsai military drills strait
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001CN24Z0N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: China's foreign ministry on Thursday (July 16) issued a clear warning to Taiwan after the Chinese-claimed island held military drills to simulate the repulsion of an invading force, amid increasing tensions with China.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying would not comment directly on the drills, but said that "China is determined to maintain its sovereignty and security" and that realising the goal of unification is the "general trend" for the People's Republic of China.
China sees Taiwan part of "one China" and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.
Taiwan is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship. Beijing routinely denounces Washington's support for the island.
(Production: Wang Shubing, Martin Pollard, Fang Nanlin)
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