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Chinese communist party mouthpiece calls on beijing to take taiwan by force




A PROMINENT Chinese media outlet has called on its government to consider using military force as a means of conquering Taiwan.

The Global Times newspaper, which is known as a far-right mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party, is encouraging China to take a more aggressive approach to Taiwan amid tensions with the United States.

It might be time for the Chinese mainland to reformulate its Taiwan policy, make the use of force as a main option and carefully prepare for it, it reads.

The editorial calls on China to make rapid preparations for a military incursion, warning that any step towards formal independence by the Taiwanese government could result in consequences.

Once Taiwan independence forces violate the Anti-Secession Law, the Chinese mainland can in no time punish them militarily, it states.

Getting ready to achieve reunification through the use of force can pose a serious deterrence to Taiwan independence.

The military status quo across the Taiwan Straits needs to be reshaped as a response and punishment to the current administration.

Chinese officials have already taken less drastic action in this regard, such as limiting the number of mainland tourists.

The controversial new editorial comes amid rising tensions with the United States, after President-elect Donald Trump called into question Americas longstanding One China policy, by which it officially solely recognises China over Taiwan.

Mr Trump recently suggested the US could scrap the policy.

I fully understand the One China policy, but I dont know why we have to be bound by a One China policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade, Mr Trump said in an interview with Fox News.

Chinas foreign ministry immediately came out to condemn the remarks, saying: We urge the incoming US administration and its leaders to fully recognise the sensitivity of the Taiwan question (and) to properly deal with Taiwan-related matters in a prudent manner so as not to disrupt or damage the overall interests of the bilateral relationship.

His recent phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen the first of such contact in almost four decades also infuriated China.

Consistent polling data over the past decade suggests the majority of Taiwanese people are content to maintain the status quo, rather than formally declare independence or officially reunite with mainland China.

In a 2013 survey by the countrys Democratic Progressive Party, 77.6 per cent of respondents identified themselves as Taiwanese, while only 10.1 per cent identified themselves as Chinese.

Asked whether Taiwan and China were parts of one country, almost 80 per cent of respondents disagreed.

More than half the respondents said they hoped Taiwan maintained the status quo forever, while 22.2 per cent believed that Taiwan will be unified by China.

Granny flat growth leaving oldies out in the cold




A SURGE in granny flat construction in Australia is helping more than just grandparents.

Homeowners with backyards are using granny flats to keep adult kids at home, build man-caves and she-sheds and to generate income by renting it to travellers.

Research by Gateway Credit Union has found that one-third of homeowners are considering a granny flat, and another 22 per cent are open to the idea.

The main reasons are to provide extra recreation space for family or as a home office, while ageing parents rank down the list. Women were more likely to take in a family member, the research found.

Gateway Credit Union CEO Paul Thomas says there has been an explosion in granny flat construction, and the average $100,000 cost of building a granny flat is much less than the cost of an apartment.

There are plenty of granny flat builders and, as with any construction, (you need to) research the options well, he says.

Sharon and Ted Smithies built a modern two-bedroom granny flat in their backyard for daughters Alana, 25 and Madi, 22.

With 60 square metres of living space, a deck covering 39 square metres and a nearby spa bath, it has become the social headquarters of the local surf club, Smithies says.

It was to keep the family together, she says. We knew the girls wanted a little independence and we do have a nice large block of land.

Its been an absolute blessing.

Carolyn Parrella, general manager at landlord insurer Terri Scheer Insurance, says its important to know the value of a granny flat.

Generally its on the same title, so it creates a bit of murkiness, she says. Theres more to think about than a stand-alone property.

If people are using it as a rental property, its the same as any other rental property. Look after it in a professional manner, have a property manager do inspections and make sure you have insurance.

If youre using a granny flat for income, talk with your insurance company or a landlord insurer to make sure the risks are covered, Parrella says.

Some states allow people to build a granny flat for financial gain, while others are reviewing their laws.

Gateways Thomas says Australia has the second-largest AirBNB market behind the US. People have really seen the value of their backyard and seized the opportunity to provide travellers with an alternative to expensive hotels, he says.

Thomas says when it comes to financing granny flats, people can look at borrowing more from their existing lender, but be watch out for extra costs.

Lenders will often charge a higher rate if the property is to be rented or used as a business premise, he says.

The other alternative is a construction loan. These are paid in stages so borrowers can draw down the money they need, as they are building, and therefore they dont pay interest on the whole loan from the start.