China has unveiled a controversial new law allowing it to use force against Taiwan if it protests at plans for reunification.
The Chinese government has said it will use the draft law to attack Taiwan if it tries to gain independence.
Taiwan issued a strong protest against the proposal, saying it ignores the island’s sovereignty and raises tension in the region by giving the Chinese military the freedom to attack.
Beijing views the self-ruled island as a breakaway province and has threatened to attack if it declares formal statehood.
Chiu Tai-shan, vice chairman of the policy-making Mainland Affairs Council, said: "Communist China tries to use this bill to deny the sovereignty of the Republic of China and unilaterally change the status quo of the Taiwan Strait. It has caused tension in the region. We voice our strongest protest."
The new anti-secession law sets out the "one-country, two-systems" formula - as employed in Hong Kong - as the basic approach to the island.
Over the weekend, thousands of Taiwanese protested over the introduction of the anti-secession legislation.
The controversial bill, which has been shrouded in secrecy for months, is expected to be approved by the Chinese parliament on March 14.
Wang Zhaoguo, deputy chairman of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, said: "If possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity."
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