TAIWAN: We're Prepared To Defend Against China If Necessary

TAIWAN: We're Prepared To Defend Against China If Necessary

Activists protest against the Singapore meeting between Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou and China's President Xi Jinping outside the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Taipei, Taiwan, November 7, 2015.
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TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island's defense ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.
"The People's Liberation Army has never given up on the idea of resolving problems through the use of military force," ministry spokesman Chen Chung-chi told a news briefing.
"We believe in peace. We will not take the initiative that could lead to war. But we will not back down in the face of threats."
Taiwan was strategically prepared to ensure Taiwan's security in both the air and sea, Chen added, without elaborating.
China has yet to offer an account of the recent drills near Taiwan. China's air force said earlier this month its fighters and bombers had recently conducted "multiple" long-range drills far out at sea, including flying near Japan and Taiwan.

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