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General Li Zuocheng of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) echoed the sentiments of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in remarks Tuesday urging America not to retain ties to Taiwan and that any attempt to protect it from Chinese invasion would be met with military force.
“If anyone wants to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will safeguard the national unity at all costs so as to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Li, the PLA’s chief of the Joint Staff Department, reportedly said following a meeting with U.S. Admiral John Richardson, the U.S. chief of naval operations, who is in Beijing for in-person talks with Chinese military leaders.
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Chinese state media reported that Li “stressed that no external interference would be allowed in China’s internal affairs, concerning China’s core interests and the national bond of the Chinese people.” Despite the tense language, the government claims that the discussion was productive and that Li claimed “that the common interests between the two countries are much more than contradictions and disputes, thus cooperation is the best choice for both sides.”
The South China Morning Post, which carried the menacing quote about Taiwan, also noted that Li emphasized cooperation outside of the context of Taiwan.
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“The two militaries should respect each other, strengthen mutual trust and communication, properly manage risks, and work to make military exchanges a stabilizer of the Sino-US relationship,” the Post quotes Li as saying.
Richardson has meetings scheduled in Beijing and Nanjing with military officials this week during his three-day visit, following closely after Xi Jinping announced in a new year speech that his regime would no longer tolerate Taiwan’s sovereignty.
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