China considering strong steps to contain Taiwan

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 03, 2017
By: Reuters, BEIJING

China’s military has become alarmed by what it sees as US president-elect Donald Trump’s support of Taiwan and is considering strong measures to prevent the nation from moving toward independence, sources with ties to senior military officers said.

Three sources said one possibility being considered was conducting war games near Taiwan.

Another was a series of economic measures to cripple the nation.

It was not clear whether any decisions had been taken, but the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Taiwan issue had become a hot topic within the upper echelons of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in recent weeks.

Trump, due to take office on Jan. 20, spoke to President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) by telephone on Dec. 2, breaking decades of precedent and casting doubt on his incoming administration’s commitment to Beijing’s “one China” policy.

Beijing fears this could embolden supporters of independence in Taiwan.    [FULL  STORY]

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