China's military confident, prepared to safeguard sovereignty

By REUTERS
August 1, 2017 03:14

SHANGHAI- China's military is "confident, capable and fully prepared" to protect the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity, the state-run China Daily on Tuesday quoted Defense Minister Chang Wanquan as saying in reference to Taiwan.

Despite decades of growing trade across the Taiwan Strait, China has never renounced the use of force, if needed, to gain control of Taiwan, which it considers a breakaway province.

Democratic, self-governed Taiwan has shown no interest in being run by Communist-ruled China.

The People's Liberation Army is "confident, capable and fully prepared to resolutely safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity", the newspaper quoted Chang as saying on Monday at a reception to mark the 90th anniversary of the military's founding.


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