CHINA has defended its televised naval war games shown at the top of Wednesday evening's national news broadcast with a Foreign Ministry spokesman saying it was 'only natural' for the armed forces to conduct military exercises. Spokesman Chen Jian denied the six-minute broadcast showing tanks and paratroopers storming beaches was aimed at Taiwan but repeated Beijing's threat to invade should it declare independence. 'We will use all force necessary, without hesitation, to safeguard our territorial integrity should Taiwan declare independence or be taken over by foreign forces,' Mr Chen said. He said every country had armed forces and every army needed to conduct military exercises in order to enhance its capabilities. The exercises showed China 'has the ability and resolve to maintain its territorial integrity', he said. However, Western diplomats had no doubt the broadcast was intended as a warning to Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui and as a message to the US Government that China was serious about not allowing Taiwanese independence.