Ma Xiaoguang, the spokesman of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said in an address that was posted on the China Daily YouTube account on July 15, 2022 that if Taiwan’s DPP authorities pursue Taiwanese independence in any form, China will take “all necessary measures” to crush these efforts.
Ma Xiaoguang: "[Taiwan's] DPP authorities have made some remarks that have distorted the nature of the Taiwan issue and that have smeared the mainland's principles and policies toward Taiwan, once again exposing their sinister intention of maliciously hyping up the mainland's so-called military threat and attempting to internationalize the Taiwan Strait issue. Taiwan is China's Taiwan.
"The Taiwan issue is a legacy of China's civil war, and the question of how to resolve the Taiwan issue is China's internal affair. Realizing the complete reunification of the motherland is the common aspiration of all the sons and daughters of the Chinese nation. Then all necessary measures taken in response to the provocative coercions by the 'Taiwan independence' separatist forces are acts of justice to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to thwart the attempt to split the country.
"Why is there such talk about declaring war? As anyone knows, since coming to power, the DPP authorities have denied the '1992 Consensus,' manipulated the 'two-state theory,' tried to change the current situation in which both sides of the Strait belong to one China, and single-handedly closed the door to cross-strait peace talks. The root cause of the current tense situation in cross-strait relations lies in the fact that the DPP authorities have colluded with external forces and repeated provocations for independence. Also, some countries have tried to use the Taiwan issue to suppress China and obstruct China's peaceful development and reunification.
"We adhere to the basic principle of peaceful reunification and 'one country, two systems' policy, and will do our utmost with the greatest sincerity to strive for the prospect of peaceful reunification, but we will never allow Taiwan to be separated from China. At the 19th Shangri-La Dialogue, State Councilor and Minister of National Defense Wei Fenghe had already made a firm stand on the Taiwan issue. The signal was loud and clear.
"If the DPP authorities continue to misjudge the situation, stubbornly adhere to 'Taiwan independence, indulge in the delusion of relying on external forces to seek independence and seeking independence by military means, and take reckless risks on the road of "Taiwan independence' and touch the red line, we will certainly tale decisive measures to crush it."