BEIJING (Reuters) – A widely read Chinese state newspaper said on Thursday that China should prepare for military action on Taiwan's self-government and press Washington for cooperation in North Korea, after the United States approved a law to boost relations. with Taiwan.
Beijing became enraged after US President Donald Trump Last week, legislation was signed that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet with Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa.
U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Alex Wong said in Taipei on Wednesday that the US commitment to Taiwan has never been stronger and that the island is an inspiration to the rest of the Indo-Pacific region.
China claims Taiwan as its own and considers the self-governed island a fractious province, with Chinese President Xi Jinping saying on Tuesday he would face the "punishment of history" for any attempt at separatism.
The Global Times said in an editorial that China had to "counterattack" the law.
"China can put pressure on the US In other areas of bilateral cooperation: for example, the issue of the Korean Peninsula and Iran's nuclear issue, China can also oppose the United States in international organizations such as the UN" , He said.
"The continent must also prepare for a direct military clash in the Taiwan Strait, and it needs to make clear that the escalation of official exchanges between the United States and Taiwan will have serious consequences for Taiwan," the newspaper said. the official Daily & # 39; s Daily newspaper of the Communist Party.
"This newspaper has suggested that the mainland can send military aircraft and warships across the middle line of the Taiwan Strait, which can be implemented gradually depending on the situation across the Strait," he said.
The island is one of the most delicate problems in China and a potential point of military conflict. Underscoring that threat, Taiwan sent ships and a plane on Wednesday to follow a group of Chinese aircraft carriers across the Taiwan Strait, his defense ministry said.
The Global Times said it was a misunderstanding to think that "peaceful unification" would be a harmonious and happy process.
"Sticks matter more than flowers on the road to peaceful reunification," he said.
China's hostility towards Taiwan has increased since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party in favor of the island's independence.
China suspects that Tsai wants to boost formal independence, that it would cross a red line for Communist Party leaders in Beijing, although Tsai has said he wants to maintain the status quo and is committed to guaranteeing peace.
Information of Ben Blanchard; Edition by Paul Tait