China says no one can stop Taiwan ‘reunification’ with the mainland Oct 22, 2019 0 715 12345 AFPBeijingChina’s defence minister made an uncompromising call on Monday for the “reunification” of Taiwan with the mainland, telling a high level defence forum that the process was something “no force” could stop.Self-ruled Taiwan is viewed by China as a renegade province which will eventually be unified with the mainland, by force if necessary, after the two sides split in 1949 after a civil war.China will not stop in its efforts towards “realising the complete reunification of the motherland,” Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe told defence ministers and officials from across Asia at the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing.“China is the only big country in the world that has not yet achieved complete reunification,” he said. “It is something that nobody and that no force can stop.” Relations between Taipei and Beijing have deteriorated since the 2016 election of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose party refuses to accept that Taiwan is part of “one China”.Since then China has poached a number of political allies from Taipei, leaving it with a dwindling number of nations which recognise its government.Wei said China wanted to promote peaceful cross-strait relations, but that it would never allow “Taiwan separatists to make reckless moves, and we will never sit by and watch outside forces... interfere.” “Engaging in separatism can only be a dead end,” he added.His comments come just weeks after a huge military parade in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.The parade showed off some of the country’s latest high-tech military hardware in a defiant show of strength, including new ballistic missiles, supersonic drones and next-generation battlefield tanks. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Modi eyes easy victory as two Indian states vote Oct 22, 2019 0 752 Canadians vote in tight poll as Trudeau aims to cling to power Oct 22, 2019 0 1209 UK’s Johnson ploughs on after speaker blocks new Brexit deal vote Oct 22, 2019 0 245 Philippine police recommend drug charges against ex-chief Manila: Philippine police recommended graft and drug charges against its former chief on Monday over a new scandal that has put President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-narcotics crackdown under the spotlight. The police .. Thai king strips royal consort of all titles: Palace Bangkok: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his 34-year-old consort of all titles for “disloyalty” and apparent “ambition” to match the Queen’s position, a royal command issued late on Monday said, less .. Bangladesh MP ‘hired lookalikes’ for univ exams Dhaka: A Bangladeshi lawmaker has been expelled from university after allegedly hiring as many as eight lookalikes to take exams in her place, officials said on Monday. Tamanna Nusrat, from the ruling Awami League .. ‘No Syria-type pullout planned for Afghanistan’ AFP Kabul Afghans should not misconstrue America’s sudden and contentious withdrawal from parts of Syria as a precursor to a similar move in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday. The US last week .. US envoy consults Russia, China, EU on ending Afghan war Washington: The US negotiator whose talks with the Taliban was halted by President Donald Trump is meeting with Russia, China and European allies on ending Afghanistan’s war, the State Department said on Monday. Zalmay .. Prominent Pakistani journalist quits amid media freedom concerns Islamabad: A prominent Pakistani journalist known for his critical articles about the country’s powerful military has quit his job amid mounting concerns about the pressure exerted by authorities on the press. There .. Democratic leader Pelosi outlines Trump ‘shakedown’ of Ukraine DPA Washington Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi released an outline of what she termed President Donald Trump’s “shakedown” of Ukrainian leaders for his own personal gain as the Democrats pursue an impeachment inquiry ..