TAIPEI, Taiwan — China and Taiwan are not about to go to war, despite persistent news reports of increased tension between the two countries, Taiwan's president said Sunday.
But on the same day that President Lee Teng-hui made the comments at a political rally, the military said a boat believed to be Chinese shot at a Taiwanese cargo ship, a newspaper reported Taiwan has increased its defense budget and another newspaper said Taiwan will hold a naval drill to improve anti-submarine skills.
"Our relations with the mainland seem to have got tenser," Lee said of the news reports. "In fact, you can relax. There is no such thing."
The New York Times reported last week that China's military has plans for a limited action against Taiwan--perhaps conventional missile strikes--if Lee continues his efforts to raise the island's international stature.