Published: 18:56, May 23, 2024
Spokesperson: PLA military drills around Taiwan legitimate, necessary
By Xinhua
Wang Wenbin, spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, speaks at a press conference in Beijing on Jan 31, 2024. (PHOTO / FOREIGN MINISTRY, CHINA)

BEIJING - A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday that the joint military drills surrounding the island of Taiwan are legitimate and necessary.

It's completely legitimate and necessary for the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to conduct joint military drills surrounding the island of Taiwan, safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, strongly punish the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces for seeking "independence," and seriously warn against interference and provocation by external forces, said spokesperson Wang Wenbin at a daily press briefing.

Wang said that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. This is not only a historical fact, but also a real status quo. It will never change in the future.

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He said the drills are fully in line with international law and practice.

Wang said that Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory. This is not only a historical fact, but also a real status quo. It will never change in the future. "Taiwan independence" leads nowhere. The Chinese people will never waver in their resolve to safeguard China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

All "Taiwan independence" separatist acts will be hit head-on by more than 1.4 billion Chinese people, and all "Taiwan independence" separatist forces will be hit hard in the face of the historical trend of China's complete reunification, he added.

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"We urge the US side to stop emboldening and supporting the 'Taiwan independence' forces and stop interfering in China's internal affairs. Any act that endangers China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity will be resolutely and forcefully counterattacked by China," the spokesperson said.