PLA says official’s Taiwan statement his own views

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/3/5 15:57:23

The People's Liberation Army (PLA)'s news website said the public should not over-interpret a senior military official's statement on "liberating Taiwan" that has sparked controversy.

"If the US deploys the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in Taiwan, it will be the day that we liberate Taiwan," Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang, a political adviser and former deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Area Command, told the Global Times on Friday on the sidelines of China's two sessions.

Wang's statement soon ignited discussions online, with some calling it "bluffing," some finding him excessively "hawkish" and most feeling "shocked" that a military officer would speak out in that manner, said a commentary from, a news website affiliated with the PLA.

The commentary added that there's no need to read too much into or make a fuss about Wang's comment, which should only be viewed as his opinion, as Wang is not the military spokesperson.

The article also warned not to take Wang's comment out of context, adding that Wang is entitled to express his perspective on the Taiwan question.

The article reiterated the PLA's bottom line on Taiwan, echoing a PLA Daily report released in 2000 that said " 'Taiwan Independence' means war."

The PLA Daily article also noted that if the US did deploy the THAAD on the island, it would be seen as a form of provocation that harms the interests of the Chinese people, and that action would be taken.

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