THE more provocative war games options have been shelved, a source close to the Chinese military said. Experts on Taiwan affairs and military officers held a closed-door seminar about cross-strait relations before the Lunar New Year in Beijing, the source said. 'Participants from the Army spelled out several strategies on attacking Taiwan to escalate the threat,' the source said. Some military officials said the latest missile tests should focus on the western and eastern waters of Taiwan, as the two exercises last July and August were aimed to the north. This would allow mainland forces to familiarise themselves with an organised attack on Taiwan from all directions. Military officers also suggested the most effective option was to let a missile fly over the main Taiwanese island and land in open sea, the source said. Participants believed Taiwan would not dare to react or launch a counter-attack even if Beijing adopted such options. However, participants agreed these exercises might invite international protests, especially from neighbouring countries in Asia. It was suggested these options could be used as a last resort if Taiwan engaged in more serious separatist activities. Meanwhile, Beijing's top Taiwan expert Li Jiaquan said the mainland had adopted 'propaganda attack and military-backed defence' as a standing strategy against Taiwan. However, he stressed Chinese leaders were concerned the Taiwan Government might distort Beijing's image when military exercises intensified.