World Taiwan defence minister says will not start a war with China
China wants the world to know it's 'not going to get pushed around' on Taiwan
As countries including the U.S. deepen ties with the self-ruling island, Beijing is using military and other means to assert its territorial claims.But as Mia Hou of Taiwan took her turn, the red, white and blue Taiwanese flag — which had appeared earlier in the livestream — had disappeared. Organizers had removed the flag without warning after authorities in China, which claims the self-ruling island of Taiwan as its territory, stopped the livestream on platforms in the mainland.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday the island will not start a war with China amid a rise in tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.
"The Republic of China absolutely will not start a war," Chiu told the parliament, referring to Taiwan's official name.
Military tensions with China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, are at their worst in more than 40 years, Chiu said last week https://www.reuters.com/world/china/taiwan-defence-minister-says-china-will-have-ability-mount-full-scale-invasion-2021-10-06, adding that China will be capable of mounting a "full scale" invasion by 2025.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Tom Hogue)
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