China says it won’t rule out using force to reunify Taiwan

A Chinese H-6 bomber flies over East China Sea in this handout picture taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan July 23, 2019. China says it will not “renounce the use of force” in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland. (REUTERS)
Updated 24 July 2019

China says it won’t rule out using force to reunify Taiwan

BEIJING: China says it will not “renounce the use of force” in efforts to reunify Taiwan with the mainland and vows to take all necessary military measures to defeat “separatists.”
In a national defense white paper released Wednesday, China listed among its top priorities its resolve to contain “Taiwan independence” and combat what it considers separatist forces in Tibet and the far west region of Xinjiang.
Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian said the threat of Taiwan separatism is growing and warned that those who are seeking Taiwan independence will meet a dead end.
The white paper also pointed to US, Japanese and Australian moves to beef up their military presence and alliances in the Asia-Pacific as bringing uncertainties to the region.
The US deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea has severely undermined the regional strategic balance, the report said. It further noted Japan’s reinterpretation of its post-World War II constitution to allow its military to operate farther from its shores.
China’s military expansion in recent years has prompted concerns among other Pacific countries in a region long dominated by the US Navy.


Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

Updated 27 min 39 sec ago

Thailand confirms six more coronavirus infections, bringing total to 14

  • Five of the new cases came from Hubei province and are part of the same family
  • The Department of Disease Control will now scan all passengers from China

BANGKOK: Thailand on Tuesday confirmed six more cases of coronavirus among visitors from China, bringing the country’s total to 14 cases, a health official said.
Five of the new cases, aged 6 to 70 years, came from Hubei province and are part of the same family, the deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, Tanarak Plipat, told reporters.
The other patient came from Chongqing, Tanarak added.
The department will now scan all passengers from China, said Public Health Permanent Secretary Sukhum Kanchanapimai.