BEIJING (Kyodo) -- Premier Li Keqiang said Thursday that China "firmly" opposes Taiwan independence, urging the United States not to interfere in the cross-strait issue.
Taiwan is "China's internal affairs," Li told a press conference after the end of this year's session of the National People's Congress. "We also oppose external interference," he said, apparently warning Washington to back off.
In Taiwan, fears are lingering that the Communist-led Chinese government, with President Xi Jinping at the helm, will try to achieve its cherished goal of reuniting the island with the mainland, by force if needed, foreign affairs experts say.
As for Hong Kong, Li said that a national security law to crack down on what Beijing views as subversive activity in the territory is necessary for its "long-term stability and prosperity."