From the Communist Party of China website
The Chinese army marked its 80th birthday with a high-profile reception on Tuesday at which Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said the army will have zero tolerance of “Taiwan independence.”
“We will absolutely not allow Taiwan to secede from China under any pretext or in any manner,” Cao said.
The eight top Chinese leaders, Hu Jintao, Wu Bangguo, Wen Jiabao, Jia Qinglin, Zeng Qinghong, Wu Guanzheng, Li Changchun and Luo Gan attended the reception in the Great Hall of the People.
Question-how does an independent nation “secede”?