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Rumours of an “imminent” conflict with Taiwan have been quashed by Chinese state media.
According to Japan Times, China's own social media networks – mainly Weibo – were full of talk of a possible Taiwan crisis, fuelled by Beijing’s call for people to "stockpile food” and an “unrelated message claiming to show the nation was preparing to mobilize military reserves”.
The call was made after China’s state broadcaster claimed that its Taiwanese counterparts were hoarding their own survival supplies.
But Chinese newspaper the Economic Daily urged the public “not to over read” into a statement calling on families to stock up on some “daily necessities”, as this was due to “supply-chain concerns”.
It is feared a Chinese invasion of Taiwan could spark a global conflict with major world powers saying they will fight to protect Taiwan's sovereignty.
A social media account connected to the People’s Liberation Army Daily newspaper also said that rumours of army mobilisation were “vile” and a “malicious fabrication”.
The account, Junzhengping, posted: “It will not only cause negative impact to the state, the military and society, it could also lead to severe consequences.”
China's People's Liberation Army flew more than 200 military planes into Taiwan’s air-defence-identification zone last month, during a national day of celebrations on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
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And the official China Daily newspaper warned that they Democratic Progressive Party were “leading Taiwan to an abyss.”
Local Taiwan news reports show that 28.1% of respondents to a newspaper poll agreed that China would attack “sooner or later,” compared with 23.7% who disagreed.
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Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Communist Party’s Global Times newspaper said: “Personally, I believe there is still a chance for peaceful reunification, but it must be based on the condition that the DPP authority feels cornered and will perish if they do not accept reunification.”
Taiwan has lived under threat of war with China for more than 70 years, as the latter claims it has sovereignty over the former.
China's president Xi Jingpeng this year said he wanted to bring Taiwan under Chinese rule to mark the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, which was celebrated this year.
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