Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
An Fengshan, spokesperson of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, has criticized the new
national defense report published by the Republic of China Armed Forces on Oct. 27 as “provocative,” our sister paper Want Daily reports.
The national defense report stated that mainland China has not relinquished its ambition to take over Taiwan despite increasing economic exchanges across the strait and projected that the People’s Liberation Army will be ready to launch an assault on Taiwan by 2020 as it puts more advanced weapons into service.
An said in a press conference on Oct. 28 that the report is “not helpful” for Taiwan to establish military confidence-building measures with the mainland side and claimed the report violated political mutual trust and the will of the people of both sides to establish stable a relationship across the Taiwan strait.
Claiming that Taiwan has an intensely politicized society, An said Beijing must express more concerns over the safety of mainland tourists to Taiwan. [FULL STORY]