China's Xi calls on military to be battle-ready

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"If the worldwide community does not make Taiwan a democracy under Chinese threat, then we would like to ask, which country is next", said Tsai.

President Xi Jinping Friday ordered the Chinese armed forces to enhance their combat readiness from a new starting point and open new ground for developing a strong military.

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Mr Xi's comments followed his remarks on Wednesday that nobody could change the fact that Taiwan was part of China, and that people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait should seek "reunification".

In response, Tsai has said the island would not accept a "one country, two systems" political arrangement with China, while stressing all cross-Strait negotiations needed to be carried out on a government-to-government basis.

Finally, Xi asked the armed forces to upgrade the command capability of their joint operations, foster new combat forces and improve military training under combat conditions.

According to news reported by Reuters, in Taipei, Tsai said, "We hope that the global community takes it seriously and can voice support and help us", giving reference to Xi's threat to use several forces to bring the country under its control.

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Since the founding of the people's Republic of China in 1949, Beijing considers the island Republic of Taiwan as its own territory, and threatened again and again with a re-conquest.

Recently, the Taiwanese Navy also posted a video on its official Facebook page showing advances in testing its new supersonic missiles, with the ability to reach targets in China.

The anti-ship missile, Hsuing Feng-3, has a range of anywhere from 18 miles (30 kilometres) to 248miles (400km), Asia Times notes.

But in November, Tsai's DPP suffered a string of defeats in local elections, fueled by a backlash over her domestic reforms and deteriorating ties with China, easily Taiwan's largest market. Regardless, the use of military force is likely to reinforce Taiwan's opposition to the "one China" unification idea, and adds a component of potential violence to an otherwise calm disagreement.

"With the help of American finance and equipment I think the Taiwanese should be able to beef up some defences". President Tsai has called on the PRC to respect Taiwan's governance and position in the global community, and has insisted that Taiwan is not willing to consider the "one country, two systems" framework that the PRC so adamantly pushes as the only plausible option for unification.

"The Taiwanese youth of today feel quite strongly about self identity and independence".

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