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Jan 21, 2009

China labeling Taiwan as a threat

This has already been picked up by others in the Taiwan blogosphere, and everyone has noted the obvious attempt to get the US to discontinue arms sales to Taiwan. But there was one particular thing I thought worth noting:

China's security has been improving as its economy grows and the PLA embraces modernization, the defense "white paper" said, but pro-independence forces in Taiwan, Tibet and the energy-rich western region of Xinjiang still "pose threats to China's unity and security."

"On this issue, there can be no compromise and no concessions," Defense Ministry chief spokesman Hu Changming said at a news conference to launch the document.

I would need the original transcript to be sure that this 'no compromise' and 'no concessions' remark refers to Taiwan in particular, but that's a pretty blunt statement.

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