Beijing on Wednesday warned that attempts by Taiwan to resist unification with the mainland would be in vain, as the PLA's aircraft carrier conducted drills off the coast of the self-ruled island.
Beijing is facing a host of threats to its status quo as the independence-leaning leadership of Taiwan grows more vocal, protesters in Hong Kong call for complete separation from the mainland, and an incoming Donald Trump presidency in the U.S. threatens to take a more hardline stance in its ties with the world's second-largest economy.
"A small group of pro-independence forces in Taiwan are colluding with Hong Kong independence advocates to divide the nation," An Fengshan, spokesman of the Taiwan Affairs Office at the State Council, said.
"Their attempts will not succeed," An told a press briefing. "They will end up with their heads broken and bleeding."