BEIJING, March 5
(Xinhuanet) -- A general of the Chinese military said here Saturday the armed
forces have the determination, confidence and capability to crush any schemes
and provocative acts to make Taiwan secede from China.
"We will seek to resolve the Taiwan issue peacefully with our utmost
sincerity, but will never pledge to renounce the use of force," said General Guo
Boxiong, a deputy to China's top legislature, the National People's Congress
(NPC), during a panel discussion of lawmakers.
"Should major incidents entailing Taiwan's secession from Chinaoccur, we'll
have no other choice but to respond by every possiblemeans,including the use of
force," said Guo, who serves as vice chairmanof the Central Military Commission.
The armed forces will resolutely safeguard China's sovereignty and
territorial integrity, said Guo, when he joined the NPC delegation representing
the People's Liberation Army in their panel discussion about the government work
report delivered by Premier Wen Jiabao Saturday morning.