Published: 14:32, May 15, 2024 | Updated: 14:32, May 15, 2024
China to introduce legal measures against 'Taiwan independence' diehards
By Xinhua
Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 13, 2023. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING - China will introduce legal measures to punish diehards whose actions and rhetoric aggressively promote "Taiwan independence," targeting activities that attempt to split the country or incite separation, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

"Taiwan independence" is a betrayal of the righteous cause of the Chinese nation and goes against the will of the people, seriously endangering the country's sovereignty, security, and development interests, said Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, at a regular press conference.

Chen made these remarks in response to a question about the new "ruling team" of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party authorities, which includes several strong advocates of "Taiwan independence." There are analyses suggesting that the risk of "Taiwan independence" will continue to rise, and the situation in the Taiwan Strait will become more complex and severe.

Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said mainstream public opinion on the island is in favor of peace not war, development not decline, communication rather than separation, and cooperation instead of confrontation

"We will never tolerate or appease such actions, nor will we turn a blind eye to them," Chen said.

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Asked about possible content regarding cross-Strait relations in Lai Ching-te's upcoming inauguration speech, Chen said the new leader of the Taiwan region must seriously face the question and make a clear choice between peaceful development or confrontation across the Taiwan Strait.

Chen said mainstream public opinion on the island is in favor of peace not war, development not decline, communication rather than separation, and cooperation instead of confrontation.

Whether to follow the will of the people and take the path of peaceful development, or to go against popular will and engage in provocation and confrontation, is a question which not only matters to the interests and well-being of the compatriots of Taiwan but also to future development of Taiwan as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, Chen said.

In this undated file photo the Taipei 101 skyscraper commands the urban landscape in Taipei, China's Taiwan. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

"This is a question that the new leader of Taiwan must seriously face and give a clear answer to," Chen said.

Noting that "Taiwan independence" and cross-Strait peace are as irreconcilable as fire and water, Chen said "we always adhere to the one-China principle and the '1992 Consensus,' firmly oppose 'Taiwan independence' separatist activities and interference from external forces."

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He added that the mainland will continue to expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields between the two sides of the Strait, deepen the integrated development of the two sides, and firmly promote peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and the cause of national reunification.