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Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 18:04

Mainland opposes Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan

By Xinhua
Mainland opposes Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, answers questions at a regular press conference in Beijing, capital of China, May 25, 2016. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)

BEIJING - A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday expressed the mainland's opposition to the Dalai Lama visiting Taiwan.

"The intention of some forces in Taiwan to collude with separatists seeking 'Tibet independence,' and to create disturbances will have a severe impact on relations across the Taiwan Strait," said Ma Xiaoguang with the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office at a press conference.

"We firmly oppose the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan of any form," Ma said.

Ma also underscored that any "Taiwan independence" activities would be opposed.

Any attempt by secessionists to use the UN to challenge the one-China policy, which is supported by the international community, will not succeed, said Ma on Wednesday.

Mainland stresses firm opposition to "Taiwan independence"

Ma made the remarks when responding to some political forces in Taiwan inciting the island's application for UN membership.

Ma reiterated that the UN is an international organization composed of sovereign states and adheres to the one-China policy. Taiwan is part of China.

Ma warned "Taiwan independence" secessionists to draw the lessons from former Taiwan leaders Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian, who manipulated attempt for Taiwan's UN membership, but failed.

CROSS-STRAIT COMMUNICATION MECHANISM

Ma also said that the suspension of the cross-Strait communication mechanism will affect the negotiation and signing of new agreements.

The communication mechanism featured regular meetings between the mainland-based Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).

The current leader of Taiwan, who took office on May 20, has refused to recognize the 1992 Consensus that upholds both sides of the Taiwan Strait belong to one China. This has shaken the political foundation of cross-Strait interactions and resulted in the suspension of regular cross-Strait communication, said Ma.

The suspension will also affect the execution of existing agreements, Ma said.

"Eight years of peaceful cross-Strait relations has been seriously impacted and people from both sides, especially from Taiwan, are concerned about the future of the cross-Strait relationship," Ma said.

Adherence to the 1992 Consensus and the common political foundation that features the one-China principle is the correct road and in line with common interests across the Strait, he said.

Ma said only by sticking to the 1992 Consensus and the core meaning that both sides belong to one China can the two sides seek common ground while shelving their differences.

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