China says Australia must handle Taiwan with caution

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China says Australia must handle Taiwan with caution

Australia s recent change of government was a chance to reset its troubled relationship with China, but the new administration must handle the Taiwan question with caution, according to the Chinese ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian, who said Australia had signed a statement with the United States and Japan that condemned China's firing of missiles into Japanese waters in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan last week.

We hope that the Australian side can take serious Chinese-Australian relations with serious attitude. "Take the One China principle seriously, handle the Taiwan question with caution," Xiao told the National Press Club.

Xiao wouldn't say when the military exercises near Taiwan might end. He said that an announcement would be made at a time when China wanted a peaceful reunification with Taiwan, which Beijing considers to be a self-governing province, but Xiao did not rule out the use of force.

We can't rule out the option to use other means. When necessary, we are ready to use all necessary means, Xiao said. What does it mean by all necessary means?