A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday expressed that any attempt to separate Taiwan from China will not be tolerated.
"No tolerance of any separatist scheme or activity for 'Taiwan independence'," said An Fengshan, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office at a press conference.
The remarks came after Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe reiterated China's firm position on Taiwan during a speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue, warning against any forces' attempt to separate the island from the country.
China must be and will be reunified and it is also the inevitable requirement of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation in the new era, said An.
Calling Taiwan compatriots as flesh-and-blood brothers with a shared future, the spokesperson said "we are willing to strive for peaceful reunification with utmost sincerity and greatest efforts."
"We make no promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option of taking all necessary means," An said. He added this does not target compatriots in Taiwan, but the interference of external forces and the very small number of "Taiwan independence" separatists and their activities.