Chinese general issues ‘war criminal’ warning to Taiwan reports: “Taiwan independence supporters would be regarded as ‘war criminals’ if China was forced to intervene militarily to retake the island, a Chinese general warned Wednesday.

‘Supporters of Taiwanese separatism must stop in time to avoid disaster, repent and return to the right path. Otherwise they will become the scum of the Chinese nation and be condemned by history,’ said He Lei, former vice president of the Academy of Military Sciences.

‘If we are forced to use force to settle the Taiwanese issue, they will be held responsible. In other words, they will inevitably be considered war criminals,’ the lieutenant general said, adopting a martial tone in a meeting with journalists.

China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since they split in 1949 after a civil war won by Mao Zedong’s communists…”

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