China has shut down Marriott's website after the company had listed Taiwan and Tibet as separate countries. Beijing is taking a hard stance against companies challenging the country's perceived territorial integrity there.
Amid heightened tensions in cross-strait relations, Taiwan's military is starting a series of newly designed large-scale military drills. Taiwanese analysts say the island should enhance its combat preparedness.
Taiwan police have arrested at least six people for passing trade secrets to a Chinese company. Beijing has come under increased criticism for failing to stop intellectual property theft.
Xi Jinping has renewed calls to resolve the "Taiwan issue," dismissing the notion of independence for Taiwan. Though advocating for a peaceful solution, Xi emphasized that China would not rule out the use of force.
Chinese President Xi says he will "leave no room" for separatist activities, and that Beijing "reserves the option of taking all necessary means," including the use of force, for the Taiwan "reunification."
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