President Xi Jinping tells Chinese troops to focus on “preparation for war”: reports

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On Saturday, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attempted to extend peaceful overtures to China, calling for “reconciliation between the straits and peaceful dialogue.”

“I think regional tensions can certainly be resolved,” she said.

In response, Chinese state television released a video of military exercises on the Chinese coast, featuring amphibious landing craft, attack helicopters and missile systems, and warning China could attack if Tsai did not recognize. not Taiwan as part of China, Le Washington Post reported.

Taiwan’s growing relationship with the United States is not helping matters. Reuters, citing multiple sources, reported this week that the United States is considering an arms deal with Taipei, which would include the sale and export of drones and an anti-coastal ship cruise missile system. Other arms transactions are already underway. Reuters reported in September that seven “major weapon systems” were being exported to equip Taiwan with advanced weapons.

In response to this week’s Reuters report, Lijian Zhao, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, said China would respond if necessary. “The United States should immediately cancel planned arms sales to Taiwan, end all arms deals and sever military ties,” Zhao said this week.

Chinese warships, including an aircraft carrier, in formation during exercises in the South China Sea, Jan. 2, 2017. Photo par STR / AFP via Getty Images

Canada has been drawn into another point of tension between the United States and China: the detention of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, goes through an extradition hearing in Canada at the request of the states -Unis, which she faces. charges of violating the US embargo on trade with Iran. China is widely considered to have kidnapped Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in retaliation.

It is not known whether the sound of the saber over Taiwan will amount to anything.

“The biggest risk for China is US intervention,” Houlden said. “The language is always alarming and you shouldn’t ignore it, but I don’t think there should be panic about it… it’s not the first time and it shouldn’t be surprising.

“But also, it may be a warning to the international community and to Taiwan that this (unification) is still a Chinese goal, which they always take seriously, and which they intend to achieve,” he said.

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