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Chinese military warns US is ‘playing with fire’ and pledges to ‘crush’ Taiwan if it seeks independence

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2021-07-30
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CHINA has warned the US it is “playing with fire” and pledged to “crush” Taiwan if it seeks independence.

Beijing’s sabre rattling comes as its military staged massive drills, widely believed to be simulating assault landings on Taiwan, in a bid to demonstrate its military might.

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China has been staging huge military exercises recently

China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and has long threatened to use force to bring it under its control.

The Chinese warning comes after a US military aircraft landed in Taiwan and the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee called for the island to have its observer status at the World Health Organisation restored.

"Those who play with fire will only burn themselves," Chinese Defence Ministry spokesperson Wu Qian said.

"China must and will be reunited. No one should underestimate the resolve, the will, and the ability of the Chinese people to defend their national sovereignty and territorial integrity."

The People’s Liberation Army has conducted a series of drills in the past years focusing on the embattled island.

According to data collected by the South China Morning Post, China has conducted 20 naval exercises in the first half of the year - while another 13 exercises were carried out in 2020.

Footage released from China’s state broadcaster CCTV shows simulations of amphibious landing, two types of drones, and launch rocket systems.

Those who play with fire will only burn themselves

The clip shows a small group of soldiers acting out missions and amphibious assault vehicles firing guns at sea.

Recent months have also seen Chinese warplanes repeatedly fly into Taiwanese airspace in a bid to intimidate the island.

Former Chinese president Chiang Kai-shek and his supporters fled to the island in 1949 following the Chinese Communist Party victory in the country's civil war.

The island of 25 million people has since developed its own democratic identity and party of current President Tsai Ing-wen supports moves towards full independence.

China vowed to invade Taiwan if it seeks independence last month, warning any move toward gaining independence would mean “war”.

Meanwhile, tensions between the UK and China could be set to rise as the Royal Navy’s biggest warship sails through the disputed South China Sea.

China has warned Britain faces punishment for the presence of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Beijing claims almost all of the 1.3 million square-mile South China Sea as its territory.

In response, the United States and its allies, including the UK, sail warships through the sea in freedom of navigation operations to challenge its claim.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is sailing through the South China Sea

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Sean Vargas
07-31

If chinas weapons are built like there cheap products they dont stand a chance specially when everyone around them is against them. Feeling froggy leap. Then get crushed by a United military front. You can’t even test a missle whithout it falling apart.

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CountDracula
07-31

Ok China, we will send Joe Biden to your Country, he will give a speech and everyone will laugh to death. Beware

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dennis doane
08-01

just go and crush these people as they are threatening us all the time. I'm not scared we cam and will blow them away in as little as two days. I know that. just do it start on the island and it's not to be there anyway. so we can do that and wipe out most bad stuff there.

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