China threatens to invade Taiwan and parades one of its citizens as a 'spy'
Taiwan displayed its own military prowess - I-Hwa Cheng / Bloomberg during National Day celebrations over the weekend
Beijing has intensified its intimidation towards Taiwan by posting a video on state media of a simulated attack on the island and broadcasting the alleged confession of a Taiwanese businessman detained for espionage in China.
The two-pronged strategy came when Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen apparently offered an olive branch to China in the face of mounting cross-strait tensions and urged the Chinese Communist Party to engage in "meaningful dialogue" as well.
President Tsai made the gesture on Saturday during National Day celebrations, describing relations with Beijing as "quite strained" after China increased air force activities near Taiwanese airspace for weeks and crossed the sensitive cross-strait axis, which normally acts as unofficial Buffer zone.
However, her overtures were immediately rejected by Beijing, which has refused to negotiate with Ms. Tsai's government since her first election in 2016, and which immediately accused Taiwan of continuing to pursue independence and having a confrontational mindset.
President Tsai Ing-wen urged China to enter into "meaningful dialogue" - EPA-EFE / Shutterstock
Hours after her speech, state media broadcaster CCTV ran a two-minute 30-second video of a drill off China's southeast coast detailing how the People's Liberation Army (PLA) would use its military might to bomb the island and invade 24 million.
The video was the longest in a recent series of propaganda videos aimed at reiterating previous threats by Chinese President Xi Jinping that he would not rule out taking Taiwan by force if it turns down offers to peaceful union with China and opposes Beijing View bends The two belong to one nation.
China's communist leadership has never ruled island democracy - which has its own government and military - but claims Taiwan as its own territory.
The footage, played with jingoistic music, showed nightly beach landings with Chinese troops scaling cliffs supported by fleets of attack helicopters, express landing craft, and a barrage of missiles and heavy artillery.
State media increased psychological pressure on Sunday by showing an alleged confession by Lee Meng-chu, a Taiwanese man who went missing after crossing from Hong Kong to Shenzhen in August 2019.
Mr. Lee was accused of taking photos of the Chinese military police gathering in a stadium for armored vehicle exercises at the height of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, leading to speculation that they would intervene to suppress mass rallies.
"I took my cell phone to record some videos," Lee said on the CCTV television report in a prison uniform. "I'm sorry. I've done a lot of bad things," he added.
Human rights organizations have consistently accused China, a country with an opaque judicial system, of forcing detainees to make public "confessions" that are broadcast on television.
Taiwan accused Beijing of "malicious political sensationalism" and intent to manipulate Mr. Lee's case, and criticized the Chinese authorities for interfering with Taiwanese democracy.
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