China on Wednesday issued new threats aimed at Taiwan, telling the island's opposition party to "prepare for war."
In a column in China's state-sponsored Global Times, editor in chief Hu Xijin warned, "As the secessionist forces' arrogance continues to swell, the historical turning point is getting closer."
"The only way forward is for the mainland to fully prepare itself for war and to give Taiwan secessionist forces a decisive punishment at any time," he also wrote.
The nation's opposition party has been seeking closer cooperation with the United States. But Hu wrote: "The more trouble Taiwan creates, the sooner the mainland will decide to teach Taiwan independence forces a hard lesson."