‘The Chinese government should be prepared to seize Taiwan, which Beijing considers a renegade state, by force before the new US administration “activates the Taiwan card” to dictate terms in mutual relations, Beijing’s unofficial mouthpiece has stated.

“The Chinese mainland should display its resolution to recover Taiwan by force,” the Communist party-owned Chinese newspaper Global Times wrote earlier this week. Calling recent comments by US President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters regarding Taiwan and one-China policy a “farce,” the editorial stressed that China is now forced to be “vigilant” and forestall any potential US actions regarding the matter with their own actions.

“It might be time for the Chinese mainland to reformulate its Taiwan policy, make the use of force as a main option and carefully prepare for it.”’

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