Agence France Presse
Beijing, January 12:
Chinaâ€™s Minister of Defence Cao Gangchuan told US military representatives Beijing will never allow Taiwan to become an independent state, state press reported today. â€œWe Chinese are firmly opposed to all secessionist activities that aim towards Taiwan independence,â€ Xinhua quoted Cao as telling a delegation from the Armed Services Committee of the House of Representatives of America, led by Randy Forbes and Ike Skelton. â€œWe will never allow anyone separate Taiwan from China through whatever means,â€ adding however China would â€œdo its utmostâ€ for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.
Beijing considers Taiwan a renegade province that awaits reunification, by force if necessary, since the two sides split in 1949 after a civil war on the mainland. Cao also expressed optimism about expanding Sino-US military ties, saying improving bilateral military links would be conducive towards the peace and stability of the region.