Global Times (CCP mouthpiece): ‘Reunification by force’ sentiment provoked by DPP: spokesperson

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Taiwan secessionist forces have provoked a growing sentiment in the Chinese mainland of reunifying with the island of Taiwan by military force, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council said on Wednesday.

The DPP and Taiwan secessionist forces should reflect on why voices are increasing for military force among mainland residents in recent years, Ma Xiaoguang said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Chinese mainland analysts said more people in the mainland are losing faith in peaceful reunification because they believed previous mainland policies of delivering economic benefits to Taiwan went unappreciated.

With the fast-growing strength of the mainland, especially its overwhelming military power, more and more mainlanders hope the government considers a non-peaceful option, experts said.

They believe reunification by force could resolve the Taiwan question in a more effective and efficient way, the experts said.

Ma’s statement came on the same day as Taiwan’s “anti-infiltration law” went into force.

It was “an absolute evil law that suppresses Taiwan compatriots’ free will and strips them of their right to cross-Straits exchanges,” Ma said.

Re-elected Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen said Taiwan was already an “independent country” while interviewed by the BBC on Tuesday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang replied Wednesday that “There is only one China in the world. The People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing China and Taiwan is an inalienable part of China.

After reading Taiwan media and social media networks, many mainland people were shocked at the hostile and insulting messages against the mainland, said experts.

With the pro-independence DPP continually winning elections, more and more mainland people are losing faith in peaceful reunification and begin to oppose the policy of delivering economic benefits to Taiwan.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was once unable to reunify Taiwan without serious casualties, especially when the US was involved in 1995-96, the mainland experts said.

But now the mainland’s military strength is increasingly mature and the advantage is more and more overwhelming, they noted.

The Chinese mainland launched its first Type 075 amphibious assault ship in 2019, which has yet to enter naval service.

More of this type of warship is needed for the PLA to send transport and attack helicopters as well as ground forces across the Taiwan Straits efficiently, analysts said.

The eventual commissioning of multiple Type 075s would be the nail in the coffin of Taiwan secessionists, as the PLA operates rocket artillery and missiles which could be used to suppress the island’s military infrastructure and bases once battle starts, the observers noted.

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