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Chinese Media: If Taiwan Changes Name Of Office In U.S., China Will Respond With ‘Military’ Action

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Military vehicles take part in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China.
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Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-run Global Times, warned in a video that if the United States allows Taiwan to change the name of its representative office in the U.S. from “Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office” to “Taiwan Representative Office,” China will respond with military action.

The Global Times is known for being a jingoistic publication that often makes more extreme statements than the Chinese Communist Party. Quartz reports:

That’s not exactly a mistake, the paper’s longtime editor says. The Global Times often reflects what party officials are actually thinking, but can’t come out and say, editor-in-chief Hu Xijin explained during a long interview with Quartz in his drab Beijing office in the People’s Daily compound. As a former army officer and current party member, Hu said, he often hangs out with officials from the foreign ministry and the security department, and they share the same sentiments and values that his paper publishes. “They can’t speak willfully, but I can,” he said.

“This is obviously to test the attitude of the Chinese mainland. I think this test is unnecessary,” Hu said. “As soon as the U.S. and Taiwan do so, it will undoubtedly trigger an unprecedented response from Beijing. At the very least, Beijing will recall its ambassador to the U.S. as it did in Lithuania for the same reason. And that is merely the diplomatic retaliatory measures.”

“Beijing will definitely take economic and military actions against the arrogance of the U.S. and Taiwan,” Hu continued. “At this point, it is foreseeable that the mainland fighter jets will fly over the island of Taiwan. The mainland has been planning it for a long time. I’d like to point out that the U.S. and Taiwan have continued to increase the mainland’s cost of maintaining peace in the Taiwan Straits. More than half of China’s diplomatic troubles have to do with the Taiwan question. Calls for a thorough solution to the Taiwan question through force are consistently increasing in the mainland. The Taiwan question is getting very close to the tipping point.”

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HU XIJIN, CHINESE MEDIA: Media widely reporting that the U.S. is evaluating whether it should respond to Taiwan’s request and change the name of its representative office in the U.S. from ‘Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office’ to ‘Taiwan Representative Office.’

This is obviously to test the attitude of the Chinese mainland. I think this test is unnecessary. As soon as the U.S. and Taiwan do so, it will undoubtedly trigger an unprecedented response from Beijing. At the very least, Beijing will recall its ambassador to the U.S. as it did in Lithuania for the same reason. And that is merely the diplomatic retaliatory measures.

Beijing will definitely take economic and military actions against the arrogance of the U.S. and Taiwan. At this point, it is foreseeable that the mainland fighter jets will fly over the island of Taiwan. The mainland has been planning it for a long time. I’d like to point out that the U.S. and Taiwan have continued to increase the mainland’s cost of maintaining peace in the Taiwan Straits. More than half of China’s diplomatic troubles have to do with the Taiwan question. Calls for a thorough solution to the Taiwan question through force are consistently increasing in the mainland. The Taiwan question is getting very close to the tipping point.

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