China Blasts Apple, Amazon for References to Taiwan and Hong Kong

China Blasts Apple, Amazon for References to Taiwan and Hong Kong

USA defense officials wrote China is building its force to ensure its regional prowess and work toward its No. 1 goal - the reunification of mainland China and Taiwan.

"The biggest concern is that they are going to get to a point where the [Chinese military] leadership may actually tell [Chinese President] Xi Jinping that they are confident in their capabilities", the official said on condition of anonymity. Companies including Apple and Amazon have "wrongly labelled" Taiwan and should take immediate actions to correct it, the state-run Legal Daily reported on Wednesday, citing a report released by Chinese government think tanks.

While it calls for a peer-to-peer cooperative relationship with the United States, Beijing also believes that the presence of the USA military and the US-led security architecture in Asia seeks to constrain China's rise and interfere with its sovereignty, particularly in a Taiwan conflict scenario and in the East and South China Seas.

China has spent increasingly more money each year for more than a decade - including some $200 billion in 2018 - to modernize its weaponry and professionalize its People's Liberation Army, which has roughly 2 million troops, Defense Intelligence Agency officials determined in the report, "China Military Power".

"If someone tries to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will do whatever it takes to safeguard national reunification, national sovereignty and territorial integrity", Li said.

China regards Taiwan as part of its own territory despite splitting off from the mainland after a 1949 civil war.

Soldiers from Taiwan's special forces move through colored smoke during a military exercise in Taipei, Taiwan.

In a January 2 speech, on the anniversary of a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) policy statement on cross-strait relations, Xi said "China must and will be united" with Taiwan.

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And the Chinese leader added that "we make no promise to renounce the use of force".

An OH-58 Kiowa helicopter fires during an anti-invasion drill.

Mnuchin believes that reducing or eliminating some of the tariffs imposed a year ago may advance trade talks with China and could convince the Chinese government to make concessions-though other top trade officials, including U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, remain unconvinced and worry that rolling back tariffs could be a sign of weakness, according to the Journal. US President Donald Trump imposed tariff increases of up to 25 per cent on US$250 billion of Chinese imports over complaints Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology.

The report states that data submitted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows that "more than $13 billion in duties imposed by the Trump administration were assessed on imported goods as of December 18", but that actual receipt could "lag and be lower" due to refunds and other factors.

And past year the Pentagon disinvited China to a major, multinational Pacific exercise, citing Beijing's militarisation of man-made islands in the South China Sea.

But some in Taiwan say worsening relations with Beijing have harmed business, as cuts to pensions and a reduction in public holidays compound frustrations over a stagnant economy where salaries have not kept up with the rise in cost of living.

China has stepped up its pressure on Taiwan since President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, took office in 2016.

Beijing has adopted a multi-pronged approach to diminish Taiwan's presence on the worldwide stage in recent years, including blocking it from global forums and poaching its dwindling number of official diplomatic allies.

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