Wednesday 10 August 2022 07:43 AM China issues NEW Taiwan invasion threat as ambassador warns it is 'ready to use ... trends now
China has issued its latest threat towards Taiwan by warning it is ready to use 'all necessary means' to retake the island.
Beijing's new ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, refused to rule out using force after a visit last week by high-ranking US politician Nancy Pelosi fuelled further tensions, sparking China's biggest ever live fire exercises around the territory.
The envoy said on the sixth day of the military drills: 'We can never rule out the option to use other means. So when necessary, when compelled, we are ready to use all necessary means,.
'As to what does it mean by "necessary means?" You can use your imagination.'
Mr Xiao was asked to quell 'concerns' from Australians about the 'prospect of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan' and what would 'justify a use of force across the strait'.
In response, the ambassador said: 'Taiwan is not an independent state. Taiwan is a province of the People's Republic of China.
'It's an issue of complete reunification, and the issue of Taiwan coming back to the motherland.'
China 's ambassador Xiao Qian (pictured) said, when necessary they are ready to 'use all necessary means' to reunify Taiwan to its motherland
Mr Xiao said China had been 'so patient' waiting to be reunified with Taiwan and urged those at the National Press Club to use their 'imagination' as to what the global superpower could do.
'That is one of the reasons why China has been so patient for several decades. We're waiting. We're waiting for a peaceful unification. But we cannot - we can never rule out the option to use other means ... when compelled, we are ready to use all necessary means,' he said.
'As to what 'all necessary means?' You can use your imagination.'
Mr Xiao was then asked to give a 'yes or no' answer on if China had plans to 're-educate' Taiwan's 23 million people.
'Can you confirm with a yes or no - is that Chinese Government policy? Will China re-educate Taiwan's people to change their minds about the Chinese Communist Party,' a journalist asked.
'It is reasonable for us to understand that their perspective about China, their perspective about their motherland, might take somewhat different views,' he replied.
'I think my personal understanding is that once Taiwan is reunited, coming back to the motherland, there might be a process for the people in Taiwan to have a correct understanding of China about the motherland.'
China has attracted global criticism for its re-education camps in the province of Xinjiang.
The camps, first set up in 2017, have been used to indoctrinate Uyghurs and Muslims and horror stories of abuse and human rights' violations have emerged from them.
Mr Xiao said despite that,