China carried out LIVE-FIRE drills in Taiwan Strait as tensions MOUNT with ...

TaiwanGETTYLiu Jieyi (L) said the drills were carried out to 'safeguard China's sovereignty and integrity'

Beijing has been seeking to isolate Taiwan in a bid to reclaim control over the territory, and two of the island’s few remaining allies switched allegiance to China in the past month alone.

Liu Jieyi, China’s Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office, said the drills were carried out in a bid to “safeguard China’s sovereignty and integrity”.

In April the Chinese official stated: “The mainland has repeatedly made it clear that it seeks peaceful cross-strait relations but only under the One China principle.

“And the live-fire drill is an important strategic step to warn Taiwan separatists that they should mend their ways."

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The mainland has repeatedly made it clear that it seeks peaceful cross-strait relations but only under the One China principle

Liu Jieyi

Professor Li Zhenguang from Beijing Union University’s Institute of Taiwan Studies said relations between Taiwan and China had reached a new low due to Taiwanese individuals pushing for “independence of the island”.

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