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Sunday, June 18, 2017, 18:48
'Mainland committed to promoting cross-Strait exchanges'
By Xinhua
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 18:48 By Xinhua

Yu Zhengsheng, right, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, shakes hands with Hung Hsiu-chu, chairperson of the Taiwan-based Kuomintang (KMT) party at the 9th Straits Forum in Xiamen of southeast China's Fujian Province, June 17, 2017. (Ma Zhancheng / Xinhua)

XIAMEN – Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng has stressed adherence to the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence" as the key to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

Mainland authorities are introducing a series of favorable policies for Taiwan compatriots to promote the integration 

Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman, National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

XIAMEN – Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng Sunday said that the Chinese mainland remained committed to promoting people-to-people exchanges, and economic and social development across the Taiwan Strait despite new risks and challenges. 

Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks while addressing the 9th Straits Forum held in Xiamen, Fujian Province.

Noting that the peaceful development of cross-strait relations had endured a severe adversity since last year, Yu said the mainland would not change its commitment. 

He added that the mainland had issued more than 20 policies that are conducive to the residence, education and employment of Taiwan compatriots in the mainland.

Yu called on compatriots across the strait to overcome interferences by working together.

Adherence to the political foundation of the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle, and peaceful development of cross-strait relations were prerequisites of further integration, he added.

"Taiwan independence" is the biggest threat to peace, stability and the fundamental interests of people across the strait, according to Yu. 

"Compatriots across the strait should resolutely oppose various secession activities damaging the fundamental interests of the Chinese nation and safeguard the shared home of both sides," Yu said.

1992 CONSENSUS STRESSED

Earlier on Saturday, Yu stressed adherence to the 1992 Consensus and opposing "Taiwan independence" as the key to ensuring the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations.

The 1992 Consensus explicitly sets out that the fundamental nature of relations across the Taiwan Strait is not state-to-state relationship. After clarifying this, many issues between the two sides could be solved through consultation, said Yu.

By refusing to endorse the 1992 Consensus, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has undermined the political foundation of the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, said Yu.

He called on the DPP to clarify the nature of cross-Strait relations and implement it through action. 

"It is an issue that cannot be avoided," said Yu.

This year marks the 30th anniversary since the two sides resumed people-to-people communication across the Strait, but currently the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations has been severely threatened, according to Yu.

"We need to enhance people-to-people communication and promote grassroots exchanges, particularly among the youth, so as to boost mutual understanding and bring our hearts closer," said Yu.

Identifying the two sides of the Taiwan Strait as a community of shared future, Yu called for efforts in deepening cross-Strait economic and social integration.

He also noted that mainland authorities are introducing a series of favorable policies for Taiwan compatriots to promote the integration.

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