In this Oct 26, 2016 photo, An Fengshan, spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, China. (Chen Yehua )
BEIJING – The mainland has warned that the Taiwan administration's attempt to resist reunification by the use of force will get the island nowhere.
An Fengshan, spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, made the statement at a press conference Thursday.
The Democratic Progressive Party administration should abandon its "Taiwan independence" stance and antagonistic mentality, An said.
"Only by recognizing the common political foundation of the 1992 Consensus can the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations be maintained," said.
We actively encourage Taiwan companies to make use of the China-Europe express freight trains to market their goods to central Asia and Europe to expand their overseas markets.
An Fengshan, Spokesperson, Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council
The spokesperson made the remarks when asked to comment on an ongoing military drill in Taiwan, which has simulated a mainland attack.
Taiwan's current DPP administration has not recognized the 1992 Consensus, which embodies the one-China principle, leading to the suspension of cross-Strait communication mechanisms and stalling of institutionalized cross-Strait economic cooperation, An said.
This has impaired the interests of compatriots across the Strait and resulted in the loss of development opportunities for Taiwan entrepreneurs, he added.
‘TAIWAN ENTREPRENEURS WELCOME’
Despite the DPP administration's refusal to recognize the 1992 Consensus, Taiwan entrepreneurs are welcome to participate in the construction of the Belt and Road, said An.
"We actively encourage Taiwan companies to make use of the China-Europe express freight trains to market their goods to central Asia and Europe to expand their overseas markets."
The Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council has been promoting the establishment of Belt and Road-related industrial parks in related provinces and municipalities, and has assisted Taiwan business people to become involved to form new clusters for Taiwan investment on the mainland.
An said the office had also invited Taiwan entrepreneurs to tour provincial areas along the Belt and Road and some of them have already found business opportunities and started their investment and operations.
The mainland would continue to promote this to enable Taiwan business people to share the mainland's economic development opportunities, he said.
Comprised of the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, the Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by the Chinese mainland, aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond.