China says no room for ‘Taiwan independence’ separatist activities

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A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Monday stressed that the mainland is willing to create broad space for peaceful reunification across the Taiwan Straits, but will definitely not leave any room for separatist activities aimed at “Taiwan independence.”

Chen Binhua, a spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, made the remarks in response to recent comments from Lai Ching-te and Hsiao Bi-khim, politicians with Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party, on cross-Straits relations. According to media reports, they expressed the view that there was no timetable on the mainland side to attack Taiwan region by force.

Chen said the mainland would not tolerate or show leniency to the “Taiwan independence” forces if they dared to take risks and instigate incidents promoting “Taiwan independence.”

He cited the Anti-Secession Law to say that the state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“I want to emphasize that ‘Taiwan independence’ means war,” the spokesperson added.

Lai and Hsiao, both “Taiwan independence” separatists, have distorted facts and downplayed the harmfulness and danger of “Taiwan independence” separatist activities to deceive voters in the 2024 leadership election in Taiwan, Chen said.

He called on residents in Taiwan region to oppose “Taiwan independence” and promote the return of cross-Straits relations to the path of peaceful development. 

(Cover: A file photo of Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office. /Xinhua)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency

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