China calls military drills near Taiwan a 'just' move, calling them
Beijing/TAIPEI, Oct 13, China said on Wednesday that its military drills near Taiwan are targeted at forces promoting the island's formal independence and are a "just" move to maintain peace, as Taiwan' s president reiterated that her government would not give up to pressure.
Beijing has stated that the exercises are aimed at preventing external forces from interfering.
Taiwan's defence minister said last week that military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, are at their highest level in more than 40 years, adding China will be able to launch a "full scale" invasion by 2025.
He was speaking after China began four consecutive days of mass air force incursions into Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Oct. 1, part of a pattern of what Taipei views as heightened military harassment by Beijing.
Ma Xiaoguang, a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said the cause of current tensions was Taiwan'' governing Democratic Progressive Party' (DPP) "collusion" with foreign forces and "provocations" over seeking Taiwanese independence at he annual news briefing in Beijing.
Chinese drills are aimed at this collusion - a veiled reference to the United States' support for Taiwan and separatist activities, protecting the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, he added.
"They are absolutely just actions," Ma said.
"The DPP's hyping of the mainland'''military threat' is a complete inversion of right and wrong, and merely slander," he added.
"If the DPP authorities persist in going about things the wrong way and don't know how to draw back from the edge, it will only push Taiwan into a more dangerous situation."
Taiwan claims to be an independent country dubbed the Republic of China, its official name, and will defend its freedom and democracy.
Despite Ma's remark, both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivered relatively semblance of apologies at the weekend, even as xi promised to bring Taiwan under its control and Tsie said they wouldn't be forced to bow to China.
Tsai reaffirmed a desire for peace and dialogue with China, while Xi did not mention using force over Taiwan.
Tsai, speaking at a regular party meeting later on Wednesday, said the government has never "slacked off" when faced with China's military threats, but has also never been "advanced rashly".
"I'd like to reiterate that we won't give up to pressure." "The government's top priority is strengthening national defence by ourselves," she added.