China will invade Taiwan early next year, according to a leader in Beijing with strong ties to senior Chinese Communist Party officials. Li Su, chairman of the Modern Think-Tank Forum, told ITV News that China “doesn’t care” what Taiwan thinks of a Chinese invasion. Earlier this week, Taiwan conducted military exercises in preparation for a Chinese invasion in the territory’s largest annual live-fire exercise.
Annual exercises simulating a Chinese invasion have been held every year for 36 years.
However, this year the exercises come as China has stepped up its military and naval activities around the island.
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President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen oversaw the exercise, later tweeting that it “demonstrated to the world our strong defense capabilities and our firm determination to defend Taiwan.”
Speaking to ITV News, Li said an attack on Taiwan “could take place as early as next year.”
He continued, “I don’t think the way the Taiwanese perceive this threat or this invasion really matters.
“Just like when we push for the national security law in Hong Kong, we don’t care at all about how young people in Hong Kong see us. “
Last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned that his unification was “inevitable.”
Beijing rejected this week’s military exercises in Taiwan and said China’s territorial integrity was “rock solid and indestructible.”
China’s state-owned newspaper Global Times also called the activity a “meaningless spectacle”;
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said reunification with the mainland was an “irreversible trend” that could not be stopped.