On March 14th 2005, the Chinese parliament passed a law
against secession, authorising Peking to use military means against Taiwan in
case the latter opted for independence. The day before, the Chinese president
Hu Jintao, dressed in military uniform, had publicly called on Chinese army
officers to "be ready for armed conflict". The message was clear: the
Chinese bourgeoisie will not tolerate the separation of Taiwan, and is prepared
to go to war to stop it.