China issues menacing threat to Taiwan as US bombers respond to ‘definite intimidation’

Friday, April 27, 2018
By Paul Martin

CHINA has warned it has “endless means” to “deal with” Taiwan if its government persists in promoting independence as tensions over the island continue to ratchet up.

Fri, Apr 27, 2018

US Air Force bombers this week conducted drills in the South China Sea, a move Chinese state media linked to similar training flights around Taiwan by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force.

The Pentagon said it viewed the action by China as “a definite message of intimidation” to the island.

But Chinese state-run tabloid the 952160 warned in an editorial today if the US bombers were meant to send a message to Beijing about Taiwan, it would not work.

It said: “The US cannot prevent the mainland exerting military pressure on Taiwan.

“Mainland military aircraft will fly closer and closer to Taiwan and in the end fly above the island.

“If the Taiwan authorities openly promote the ‘Taiwan independence’ policy and cut off all official contacts with the mainland, the mainland will deem Taiwan a hostile regime and has endless means to deal with it.”

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated in recent months, with China angered by American support for a democratic Taiwan and the presence of US Navy ships in the disputed South China Sea.

The island is self-governing and many Taiwanese want independence, but Beijing sees it as a breakaway province.

China has issued increasingly menacing threats to Taiwan, warning its government not to push for sovereignty.

Beijing has begun to fly military aircraft around the island in what China calls “encirclement patrols”.

US Air Force warplanes conducted their own “continuous bomber presence” mission in the “vicinity of the South China Sea” on Tuesday, the Pentagon confirmed.

The heavy B-52 bombers, escorted by F-15C fighters, took off from the US Pacific island of Guam in what officials said was a routine drill.

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