People walk past televisions broadcasting live coverage from Beijing of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang delivering his speech during the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC), at a shopping mall in Yantai in China's eastern Shandong province on May 22, 2020. China moved to impose stringent new security laws on restive Hong Kong as its coronavirus-delayed parliamentary session opened on May 22 with a warning from Premier Li Keqiang of the 'immense' challenges facing the world's second-largest economy. (STR/AFP/-)

China says non-peaceful action on Taiwan is last resort


China will use all means to prevent pro-independence forces separating Taiwan from China but non-peaceful action against the Chinese-claimed island is a last resort, the ruling Communist Party's third most senior leader said on Friday.

Li Zhanshu, who is also the head of China's parliament, said Beijing will never allow any force, in any way, to separate Taiwan from China.

Earlier on Friday, The head of China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday that "one country, two systems" and "peaceful reunification" is the best way to bring China and Taiwan together.

Outside attempts by foreign forces to interfere in "reunification" will fail, Liu Jieyi told an event at the Great Hall of the People marking 15 years since China signed into law its Anti-Secession Law.

Beijing passed the law in 2005 which authorises the use of force against Taiwan if China judges it to have seceded.