Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong has issued a warning against Taiwan independence, saying it would result in a war and a permanent rise in Chinese nationalism and hostility. The question posed the highest 'dangers of miscalculation'. 'The issue is extremely complex because it involves the domestic politics of China, the US and Taiwan and relations between the three parties,' he said. 'Economic forces are integrating Taiwan with the mainland but this trend conflicts with Taiwan's desire for a separate identity.' Mr Goh said although President Chen Shui-bian was conciliatory in his inauguration speech, he did not renounce independence. 'Yet independence for Taiwan is a non-starter,' he said.Noting the rise of the mainland economy, Mr Goh said no Asian or European government would recognise Taiwan's independence because to do so 'would earn China's permanent enmity'. 'If Taiwan pushes beyond a certain red line, the Chinese leaders must respond or be rejected by their people. The result will be war and a permanent rise in Chinese nationalism and hostility,' he said. 'The consequences of such a war would make Iraq seem a small problem.'