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Support for Taiwan independence doomed to fail: Beijing

China ramped up its rhetoric over Taiwan on Monday, describing any support for its independence as “doomed to fail”, and threatened retaliation against US diplomatic visits to the island.
Taiwan has been ruled separately from China since the end of a civil war in 1949, but Beijing considers the island part of its territory awaiting reunification.
The island is a flashpoint with Washington, which promises military support to the elected government and has sent two envoys to Taipei in as many months.
At a press briefing on Monday, the foreign ministry said that the envoys’ visits were a “political provocation” and threatened retaliation.
“China will take appropriate countermeasures, including targeting relevant individuals,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, without elaborating.
He warned that the US actions will “further damage the cooperation” between the US and China.
Wang added that any support for Taiwan’s independence is a “dead end... doomed to fail”.