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China's defense minister says resolving 'Taiwan question' is greatest national interest


Added 10-20-19 10:04:02pm EST - “The Chinese defense minister said on Monday that resolving the "Taiwan question" is China's greatest national interest, and that no force can prevent China's "reunification". Separatist activities are doomed to failure, Defense…” - News.yahoo.com

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BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese defense minister said on Monday that resolving the "Taiwan question" is China's greatest national interest, and that no force can prevent China's "reunification".

Separatist activities are doomed to failure, Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said at the opening in Beijing of the Xiangshan Forum, which China styles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue security forum in Singapore.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have ratcheted up ahead of a presidential election on the island in January. Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial issue.

Proudly democratic Taiwan has lambasted China for its authoritarian rule and for being a threat to regional peace, while China has heaped pressure on Taiwan, whittling away at its few remaining diplomatic allies.

China regards Taiwan as its sacred territory, to be brought under Beijing's rule, by force if needed, a message President Xi Jinping reiterated at the start of this year.

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