The Chinese government announced Wednesday that it will not rule out the use of force in its efforts to unite Taiwan with the mainland. The report also states that US deployment of a missile defense system in South Korea has undermined regional strategic balance.
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"If anyone dares to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will fight for sure and resolutely defend the sovereign unity and territorial integrity of the country," said Defense Department spokesman Wu Qian Krieg. However, the communist-ruled country does not accept the independence of the democratic country.
The US has a one-China policy and no diplomatic relations with Taiwan, but occasionally supplies the country with defense equipment and support.
] China threatened to sanction the US after more than $ 2.2 billion in arms sales had been authorized to Taiwan earlier this month.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.