No information on an imminent cross-strait war: premier

2017/10/06 20:58:35
Lai Ching-te (賴清德)

Lai Ching-te (賴清德)

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said during a Legislative hearing Friday that there is no information indicating an imminent conflict across the Taiwan Strait.

In response to a question as to how long he thinks Taiwan could resist an invasion from China, Lai avoided answering the question, saying instead that this sort of discussion only causes unnecessary concern among the public, who might infer from an answer to such a question that a cross-strait war is going to take place.

According to Lai, both sides of the strait are deeply aware that cross-strait peace is beneficial not just to each other's development but to that of the region, so everyone is trying their best to maintain the status quo in cross-strait relations.

There is no information whatsoever to suggest that a war is about to break out, Lai continued, saying that the safety of the region, including the North Korea issue, is the main focus for both China and Taiwan.

Questions about how Taiwan will fare in the case of a Chinese invasion emerged after Ian Easton, an analyst with the think tank Project 2049 Institute, published a book claiming that China will invade Taiwan by 2020, a claim he said was based on internal documents from the Chinese People's Liberation Army he had been made privy to.

(By Wang Cheng-chung and Kuan-lin Liu)
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