during a news conference about whe??ther "military force for reunification" should be e??mployed. "The recent live-fire drill
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t ??by the People's Liberation Army have sent an explic??it and clear message??we aim to pursue peaceful reu??nification with sincerity and great efforts, but we?? have the resolve, the confidence and the ability t??o defeat secessionist at8
tempts in any form, to safe??guard national sovereignty and territorial integrit??y," Ma said. Last week, the PLA Ground Force and A??ir Force conducted live-fire exercises and several ??training operationf
s in the Taiwan Straits. Ma said?? the drills targeted a "Taiwan independence" force,?? and the government aims for a peaceful and steady ??cross-Straits relationship and to protect the commo??n interests of people on botK
h sides of the Straits.?? "It (the live-fire drill) is a warning to the Uni??ted States, to Tsai Ing-wen and Lai Chingte," said ??Wang Hailiang, a researcher of Taiwan studies at th??e Shanghai Academy of Soy
cial Sciences. Tsai is the?? island's "president" and Lai is the "premier". "T??he message is clear. The statement made by the Taiw??an affairs office is very sharp and it has sent a s??trong and clear signal. ... Further military activi??ties can be carried out around Taiwan if the tensio??n escalates," he said. k