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Beijing seeking ‘elimination’ of Taiwan – Taipei’s new president

Lai Ching-te has told military cadets that mainland China views annexation of the self-governing island as a national cause

By RT International

Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te has warned future military officers that Beijing will stop at nothing to take control of the self-governing island.

Speaking at Taiwan’s top military academy on Sunday in Kaohsiung, Lai claimed cadets must understand the threats they face from the mainland’s forces. Taiwan is recognized as a sovereign nation by only 12 of the world’s 193 countries. Officials in Beijing have vowed to reunify the island with mainland China, by force if necessary.

“The biggest challenge is to face the powerful rise of China, (which is) destroying the status quo in the Taiwan Strait and regards Taiwan’s annexation and the elimination of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the great rejuvenating cause of its people,” Lai said.

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