Chinese official: Attempts to separate mainland and Taiwan ‘not to be tolerated’

Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, told Chinese media this week that any attempts to ‘split’ the mainland from Taiwan would not be tolerated, even if it meant Bejing resorting to force.

Ma was responding to a question regarding Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s recent comments in an interview.

Tsai said that no one could exclude the possibility that the Chinese mainland would resort to using arms against Taiwan.

“Since Tsai assumed office in May 2016, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has refused to adhere to the 1992 Consensus, and unilaterally undermined the political basis of peaceful development of cross-Strait relations,” Ma said.

“Taiwan should be fully responsible for the complex and grave situation in cross-Strait relations,” he said.

“In face of greater risks and challenges in cross-Strait relations, we are fully confident in our capability to promote the development of our relations by upholding peaceful reunification and the ‘one country, two systems’ principle,” Ma added. [source]

(Analyst comment: This is only the latest reminder that Beijing will never accept an independent Taiwan but also that the mainland remains committed to asserting some semblance of control over Taiwan in the future. The democracy practiced by Taiwan is an inherent threat to the communist authorities on the mainland; every day that Taiwan remains ‘free’ is an existential threat to the authoritarianism of the ruling Communist Party. The rub is that Taiwan is a protectorate of the United States, via the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.)

Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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