November 18, 2019 / 4:28 AM / a month ago

China will not tolerate any Taiwan independence incidents - defence spokesman

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will not tolerate any Taiwan independence incidents, a spokesman for its defence ministry said on Monday, urging the United States to deal appropriately with the issue.

The spokesman, Wu Qian, made the comments at a news briefing following a meeting of Chinese and U.S. military officials on the sidelines of defence talks in the Thai capital of Bangkok.

The defence ministry of self-ruled Taiwan said a Chinese carrier ship passed through the Taiwan Strait on Sunday, tailed by U.S. and Japanese ships. China has never ruled out the use of force to reunite what it regards as a wayward province.

Reporting by Lusha Zhang and Cate Cadell; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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