China vows to oppose Taiwan independence
China vowed to oppose "Taiwan independence", saying it posed the biggest obstacle to cross-Straits peace.Updated: Jan 30, 2006 15:21 IST
China on Monday vowed to oppose "Taiwan independence", saying it posed the "biggest obstacle" to cross-Straits peace and national reunification.
"We must remain sober as some significant and complex changes have taken place regarding the Taiwan situation in recent years despite closer ties", the People's Daily said on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
"The pro-independence separatist activities in Taiwan have severely sabotaged the development of peaceful cross-Straits relations and become the biggest obstacle and most serious threat to the relationship between the two sides," the official mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), commented.
Despite Beijing's efforts, the pro-independence separatist forces in Taiwan have not stopped their separatist activities and the roots for the tense relations of the Taiwan Straits have not been eliminated, it said.
"Taking a firm position in fighting against and curbing separatist forces to safeguard the peace and stability of the Taiwan Straits remains the most pressing mission of the cross-Straits people," it said.
China and Taiwan split in 1949 at the end of a civil war but Beijing still claims the self-ruled island as part its territory and has repeatedly threatened to invade if the island declares independence or drags its feet on reunification talks.
First Published: Jan 30, 2006 15:21 IST