BEIJING, September 18 (Xinhua) – A Chinese military spokesman announced on Friday a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) live military combat exercise near the Taiwan Strait.
Ren Guoqiang, spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said it is a necessary measure to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity in the current situation in the Taiwan Strait.
Reaffirming that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China, Ren said the Taiwan issue is solely for China’s internal affairs and does not allow for any outside interference.
The United States and the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party authority have recently intensified their collusion, often creating unrest, Ren said.
“Those who play with fire get burned,” Ren said.
The PLA has a steadfast will, abundant confidence and sufficient capacity to counter any interference from foreign forces or “Taiwan independence” activities, Ren added.