In this June 24, 2015 photo, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council’s Taiwan Affairs Office, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, China. (Chen Yehua / Xinhua)
BEIJING – Only by giving up on "Taiwan independence" can the current administration of Taiwan genuinely enhance cross-Strait relations, a mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks at a press briefing.
The fact that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China has never changed and will never change
Ma Xiaoguang, spokesperson for the State Council's Taiwan Affairs Office
He reiterated the significance of the 1992 Consensus, which stresses that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China, and that the fundamental nature of mainland-Taiwan relations is not a state-to-state relationship.
The fact that the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China has never changed and will never change, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China is a line that cannot be crossed, he noted.
Based on the one-China principle, China has always upheld that the two sides could seek solutions to political differences through equal negotiations, Ma said.
Taiwanese mainstream, he said, was in favor of opposing "Taiwan independence" and championing the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations. A healthy, stable and win-win cross-Strait relationship is crucial to the economic development and social stability of the island, Ma continued.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would be well advised to understand the situation and make an informed choice, he said.
The mainland also firmly opposes attempts by any countries that have diplomatic relations with China to develop military bonds with or sell weapons to Taiwan, said Ma.
CROSS-STRAIT EXCHANGE STRESSED
Taiwan's current DPP administration had "lifted a rock only to drop it on its own feet," the spokesperson said in response to concerns that some mainland personnel in Taiwan were subject to travel restrictions by the administration.
He stressed that exchange and cooperation had been the common wishes of cross-Strait compatriots since the start of cross-Strait exchange 30 years ago.
"For many years, we have been committed to promoting cross-Strait personnel exchanges, boosting cross-Strait exchanges and cooperation in various fields and taking pragmatic measures to enhance friendship and improve well-being for people across the Taiwan Strait," Ma said.
Since May 20 last year, however, the DPP administration has undermined the political foundation for the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations while supporting "Taiwan independence" activities, he said.
It has also impeded cross-Strait exchange and cooperation and fanned public grievances, Ma added.
NO INTERFERENCE URGED IN IMPLEMENTATION OF 'ONE COUNTRY, TWO SYSTEMS
Ma also stressed opposition to any activities that undermine prosperity and stability in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
He made the remarks in response to a question about comments regarding Hong Kong's implementation of the "one country, two systems," which were made by a Taiwan official.
"We resolutely oppose any interference with Hong Kong's implementation of the 'one country, two systems' principle," said Ma.
During the last 20 years, "one country, two systems" has proven not only to be the best solution, but the best institutional arrangement for long-term prosperity and stability since its return, Ma said.
In response to another question on the relationship between Hong Kong and Taiwan in the last 20 years, Ma said that the HKSAR government had adhered to the Basic Law and the central government's basic principle and policy on Taiwan.
The HKSAR government has adopted favorable policies and taken measures conducive to people-to-people communication between Hong Kong and Taiwan, and properly handled affairs related to Taiwan within its autonomous region, Ma said.
Under the central government's approval, guidance or authorization, the HKSAR has properly dealt with affairs involving national sovereignty and cross-Strait relations and boosted people-to-people and financial exchanges between the two sides, Ma said.