|An Fengshan, spokesman for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, gestures toward the media at a press conference in Beijing on Dec 28, 2016. Ties between Taiwan and China have turned increasingly frosty since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen's election victory in January. Beijing has cut off official communication with her government, which took office in May, after it refused to publicly accept the "one China" concept. (AFP / Wang Zhao)|
BEIJING – Peaceful development of cross-Strait relations is the biggest guarantee of stability in the Taiwan Strait, while "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces and their activities are the biggest threats, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
Any attempt to resist reunification by the use of force is doomed to failureAn Fengshan, Spokesperson, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council
"Any attempt to resist reunification by the use of force is doomed to failure," An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, said at a press conference.
"We have steadfast stance to maintain national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we will never allow 'Taiwan independence' secessionist forces to split Taiwan from China, in any form or under any name," An said.
A handful of "Taiwan independence" secessionist forces colluding with those seeking "Hong Kong independence" to split the country will not succeed, An said.
An said people from across the Strait should be vigilant of secessionist speeches and actions in any form.
He also stressed that the core meaning of the 1992 Consensus is irreplaceable, which is acknowledging that both sides across the Taiwan Strait belong to one China.
As long as Taiwan authorities accept the 1992 Consensus, both sides will have a common political basis and cross-Strait exchanges will continue, he added.
We hope the US will abide by the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques, and carefully handle issues related to TaiwanAn Fengshan
On another note, An Fengshan said the Taiwan issue is a domestic affair of China and the United States should carefully handle it by abiding by the one-China policy.
The Taiwan issue is a matter concerning national sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, he said.
It is also the "most sensitive and complicated issue in China-US relations," he said at the press conference.
He was asked to comment on the United States' 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which includes the provision on military cooperation with Taiwan.
"We hope the United States will abide by the one-China policy and the three China-US joint communiques, and carefully handle issues related to Taiwan," the spokesman said.
China firmly opposes official and military relations between the US and Taiwan in any form, he said.
An reaffirmed China's clear and consistent opposition to arms sales by the US to Taiwan.
In response to another question, An said that a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, headed toward the West Pacific on Dec 24 for scheduled blue water training, which was carried out in accordance with the annual plan made by the navy.
An added that the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Kuomintang (KMT) Party will continue to strengthen exchanges and dialogues and promote the peaceful development of mainland-Taiwan ties on the basis of adhering to the 1992 Consensus.
The two parties held a dialogue on Friday in Beijing to discuss ways of strengthening cross-Strait ties, which An said has produced positive outcomes.
The two parties agreed at the dialogue to uphold the 1992 Consensus stressing the one-China principle and oppose "Taiwan independence," and to deepen exchanges, including meetings between leaders of the two parties, said An.